United Artists Entertainment LLC announced the start of principal photography in Berlin on the international production of "Valkyrie," a suspense thriller based on the true story of the daring German officers' plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944.

Superstar Tom Cruise heads an international cast as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker. Also starring are Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, Thomas Kretschmann, and Terrence Stamp.

"'Valkyrie' tells a story that is not only exciting but also important," said director Bryan Singer. "It's something that Chris McQuarrie and I have wanted to do for some time. I can't imagine shooting it anywhere else but on location in Germany, and I'm thrilled that we were able to get Tom Cruise to play Col. Stauffenberg."

"'Valkyrie' is a gripping thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats -- and also go a long way towards reminding the world that even within the ranks of the German military there was real resistance to the Nazi regime," said United Artists Chief Executive Officer Paula Wagner. "As soon as we read the screenplay, we knew this was a movie we had to make."

The film made the news recently when Germany's government-backed Federal Film Board (FFA) reportedly endorsed funding for the movie, which has allayed fears the country is fundamentally opposed to the project.