Joffe Helms Opus Dei Biopic

Roland Joffe (“The Mission,” “Captivity”) is currently helming “There Be Dragons”, a film about the founding of controversial ultra-conservative Catholic order Opus Dei says The Hollywood Reporter.

Opus Dei itself is financing the film, described as a biopic of their founder Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer who sided with Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War and allegedly spoke positively of Adolf Hitler. The church dismissed the controversies before Escriva was canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II.

Charlie Cox (“Stardust,” “Casanova”) and Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace,” “Hitman”) star in the film which “isn’t a propaganda project” according to the director who apparently has “creative space to make the film he wants” according to members of the sect. The city of Lujan near Buenos Aires is standing in for 1930s Madrid in the movie.

Opus Dei, which has around 87,000 members worldwide, became widely known in recent years for its unflattering portrayal in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” novel and film.