Dutch actor Rutger Hauer will make his directorial debut next year with Changing Fortunes, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be a biopic on the life of the Dutch banker Wally van Hall, who was responsible for saving the lives of 80,000 families during World War II.

Hauer says "Basically he was responsible for the biggest bank fraud in European history, which involved $600 million, only to save as many lives as possible" and "My film will mainly be an 'unsung hero' story about a person who wants to improve the world around him. Everyone should hear about the story of this man."

The story ends with the betrayal of van Hall 90 days before the end of the war. The script has been written by Annie Perkins and Russ Haan.