Germany's Stauffenberg family has broken ranks over a controversial true-life movie in which Tom Cruise is to depict their ancestor who tried to kill Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, with a family member playing in the film.
Tom Cruise's casting as Stauffenberg has stirred a controversy in Germany
The film's production company said on Friday that Philipp von Schulthess, who is a grandson of Count Claus von Stauffenberg, would play the role of a 1944 German Army adjutant in the film "Valkyrie," which began shooting this week.
Last month, the late hero's son Berthold von Stauffenberg forecast the film would be "rubbish" and said it was "not nice" that a "practicing Scientologist" was playing the part of his father.
German politicians have continued to assail Cruise's philosophy of life as harmful, outraging US commentators who said he was being victimized on account of his creed.
A US-German co-production
The shooting of "Valkyrie" began at the Babelsberg Studios near Berlin on Thursday
You can't miss them in Berlin, and they dot urban hubs elsewhere, too. Ad columns have helped during war and defied digitalization. Their inventor, who was inspired by public toilets, would've turned 200 on February 11.