Three time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson is set to star in the feature film adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s novel “The Man With the Miraculous Hands: The Fantastic Story of Felix Kersten, Himmler’s Private Doctor.”
Oren Moverman, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “The Messenger,” is set to write and direct the film which is being produced by Jerico Films, a division of Vendome Group, the banner behind the Sundance prize-winning movie “Coda.”
The World War II psychological thriller will star Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt”) in the lead role as Felix Kersten, a Finnish-born medical professional who was reluctantly pulled into the Third Reich’s corridors of power as Heinrich Himmler’s personal physician and prisoner. Oren Moverman has signed on to write and direct.
The project marks the latest collaboration between Moverman and Harrelson, who previously teamed on “Rampart” and “The Messenger.” “The Man with the Miraculous Hands,” a Jerico Films production, will be produced by Eric Jehelmann and Philippe Rousselet with Fabrice Gianfermi and Jeremy Plager serving as executive producers.
“The Man with the Miraculous Hands” depicts Kersten’s remarkable true story as the physician whose therapies helped to relieve Himmler’s debilitating abdominal pain, thereby giving him extraordinary influence over one of the main architects of the Holocaust. With clever manipulations, and a flair for dangerous negotiation with his monstrous patient, Kersten was able to ultimately save thousands of lives from the concentration camps and outlive his captor.
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