As a filmmaker, Oliver Hirschbiegel has already enjoyed international success. Almost ten years ago, the director of "Der Untergang" ("Downfall") made the move to Hollywood – now he has returned for an ambitious project: Early July saw the start of principal photography on Bavarian locations for "Elser", a period drama about resistance fighter Georg Elser. On November 8, 1939, he attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb, but the dictator left the location before the explosion – while Elser himself was arrested and eventually murdered in the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Hirschbiegel's film is to focus on Elser's motives and the aftermath of the failed assassination attempt, when Georg Elser was interrogated by infamous Nazi head of police Arhur Nebe (Burghart Klaußner) and stuck to his convictions despite being tortured. The titular role is played by Christian Friedel, who rose to prominence with his exceptional performance in "Das weiße Band" ("The White Ribbon"). The shoot of "Elser "will continue until September, and the film's release is scheduled for April 2, 2015.