Woody Harrelson has signed to star in an adaptation of French writer Joseph Kessel’s 1960 biographical work The Man With The Miraculous Hands: The Fantastic Story Of Felix Kersten, Himmler’s Private Doctor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oren Moverman, who previously directed two of Harrelson movies, The Messenger and Rampart, will write and direct the film.
Harrelson will start as the real-life figure of Felix Kersten, a Finnish-born medical professional who was reluctantly pulled into the Third Reich’s corridors of power as Heinrich Himmler’s personal physician and prisoner during the Second World War.
The film depicts Kersten’s true story as the physician whose therapy helped to relieve Himmler’s debilitating abdominal pain, thereby giving him extraordinary influence over one of the main architects of the Holocaust.
With clever manipulation and a flair for dangerous negotiation with his monstrous patient, Kersten was able to ultimately save thousands of lives from concentration camps and outlive his captor.
Here’s the synopsis for The Man With The Miraculous Hands book –
“Physician to the high-demon of the Third Reich, Heinrich Himmler. Kersten could alleviate Himmler’s severe stomach pains with his hands using massage and manipulation. In return, Kersten bargained with Himmler to order the release of innocent prisoners condemned to die.”
The Man With The Miraculous Hands will be produced by Eric Jehelmann and Philippe Rousselet, with Fabrice Gianfermi and Jeremy Plager serving as executive producers.
Meanwhile, Harrelson stars as Carnage in the upcoming anti-hero movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which is scheduled for release in September this year.