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Tom Cruise Presses Ahead with Film Plans

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Jul 02, 2007 | 3:47am EDT

Tom Cruise's latest movie will go ahead, despite attempts to ban filming on German military sites because of his controversial beliefs.

The celebrity Scientologist is set to begin shooting Valkyrie in Germany this summer. In the film, he plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of an unsuccessful plot to kill Adolf Hitler during World War II.

However, permission to film scenes on genuine army sites was denied last week by the country's Defense Ministry because Scientology is viewed as a "moneymaking cult" instead of legitimate church by the German government.

Despite the opposition, producers of the Cruise movie claim relevant permits needed to film in the country have now been obtained.

Carl Woebken, head of Berlin's Babelsberg studios, says, "They have given us permission like they have done for other Stauffenberg films before.

"From our point of view, everything is ready to go."

The locations include the so-called Bendlerblock where Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators were shot after the attempt to kill Hitler failed. The Bendlerblock is located in what is the now the Defense Ministry complex in Berlin. However, part of it is run by the German Resistance Memorial Center and not the ministry, and Babelsberg Studios says it can shoot there.

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