Russian president Vladimir Putin has been ditched as a character in Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming big-budget thriller “Kursk” at EuropaCorp.
Based on Robert Moore’s best-seller “A Time to Die,” Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth star in the film which chronicles the real-life incident in 2000 in which a Russian nuclear submarine sank to the floor of the Barents Sea after being rocked by twin explosions.
Putin, just three months into the job as Russian president, is a supporting character in at least five scenes in the Robert Rodat-penned script adaptation. Just one month ahead of filming kicking off, those scenes have been cut as EuropaCorp president Luc Besson reportedly wanted to shift the story’s focus to the rescue mission rather than the politics behind the disaster.
Putin was reportedly sympathetically portrayed in the script, which highlighted why he took the tragedy personally (Putin’s father was a submariner).