The tagline that’s being touted for upcoming crime thriller 7 Days in Entebbe states, “A flight from Israel to Paris was hijacked. What happened next changed the course of history.” Indeed, the 1976 real-life incident the film depicts was a crucial crime that resulted in an elaborate operation from the Israeli government, dubbed “Operation Entebbe,” which set a new tone for anti-terror responses.
Now, the fact-based film from action-ready director José Padilha has unleashed its first trailer.
7 Days in Entebbe Trailer
The 7 Days in Entebbe trailer injects pulse-pounding suspense into the June 27, 1976 hijacking of Air France Flight 139 during a layover in Entebbe, Uganda from its Tel Aviv to Paris itinerary. The two hijackers, Germans Wilfried Böse and Brigitte Kuhlmann (Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike, respectively), held the plane’s 246 passengers hostage in the hope of securing the release of 53 imprisoned Palestinian militants. However, the week-long ordeal became an international political calamity, especially when Ugandan genocidal strongman Idi Amin stepped in supporting the hijackers’ cause.
The trailer also depicts the extensive preparation made for the ensuing Israeli rescue operation, organized by an Israeli character played by Eddie Marsan. Their lone casualty would be Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of would-be Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu; an incident that is said to have inspired the latter’s political ambitions, thus further fulfilling the film’s “change the course of history” tagline.
7 Days in Entebbe Details
Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star as the film’s armed hijackers.
Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft), Denis Ménochet (Assassin’s Creed) also appear.
Mexican actor Brontis Jodorowsky, who was recently cast in the Harry Potter film universe as the oft-mentioned Nicolas Flamel in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will also appear.
Additionally, while not credited, it appears that English actor Nonso Anozie, probably best known as slaver Xaro Xhoan Daxos on Game of Thrones, portrays Idi Amin, a role that previously won Forest Whitaker a Best Lead Actor Oscar for his performance in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland.
Director José Padilha brings his genre-relevant talent from the Elite Squad films, Netflix series Narcos and the RoboCop remake to this historically suspenseful crime drama. He works off a script by Gergory Burke (’71).
7 Days in Entebbe Release Date
7 Days in Entebbe is set commence its release operation to hit theaters on March 16, 2018.