Reports have circulated in numerous outlets today that Germany has refused to allow the filming of Valkyrie to take place at the actual historical site, where the true story takes place, due to the government's objections over the film's star, Tom Cruise, being affiliated with the Church of Scientology. The controversial church is recognized as a bona-fide religious organization in the United States, however Germany has not granted the same status.
In response to reports that the German Defense Ministry has decided not to allow the upcoming Bryan Singer-Christopher McQuarrie production Valkyrie to film at German military sites, United Artists Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Paula Wagner released the following statement.
"To set the record straight, Valkyrie is a historically accurate thriller that presents the World War Two resistance hero Col. Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg as the heroic and principled figure he was, and we believe it will go a long way towards reminding the world that even within the ranks of the German military there was real resistance to the Nazi regime. Valkyrie was originated and brought to United Artists by Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the fantastic screenplay written by Mr. McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, we gave it the green light. Mr. Singer, the director, then offered the role of Col. Stauffenberg to Tom Cruise because he thought he was perfect for the part. Aside from his obvious admiration of the man he is portraying, Mr. Cruise's personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the movie's plot, themes, or content. And even though we could shoot the movie anywhere in the world, we believe Germany is the only place we can truly do the story justice."