OPENING FRIDAY: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

by Jordan McGuire on March 3, 2015


New Orleans-shot Kidnapping Mr. Heineken follows the planning, kidnapping and the aftermath of five kidnappers acquiring their target, Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. Heineken, a major dutch businessman and Chairman and CEO of Heineken International, was actually kidnapped in 1983. This film is based on the novel written by Peter R. de Vries. De Vries was also an investigative journalist on the case in 1983.

Set in the Netherlands, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a bold crime thriller. Anthony Hopkins will star as the beer tycoon. Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten will also star in the film. The kidnappers shockingly abducted the heir to the Heineken beer kingdom on the streets in Amsterdam in broad daylight and were paid the largest ransom ever for a single individual.

This story has been told once before on screen in the 2011 film, The Heineken Kidnapping. Rutger Hauer played Alfred Heineken in that iteration, which was released in the Netherlands and oversees.

Watch the trailer for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken here. The film is set to be released March 6.