Upcoming film to star famed Blue Mauritius; producers bill story as ‘heist of the century’

By Jay Bigalke

A film based on the rare and iconic 2-penny Blue Mauritius stamp is in production.

Promotional graphic for the forthcoming film The Blue Mauritius. The movie is currently in production and scheduled for release this year.

Stamps are heading to the big screen this year, in a new movie titled The Blue Mauritius.

The action-thriller is being produced by D Street Pictures and Gilles-Mann Filmproduktion.

The film's website is http://dstreetmediagroup.com/the-blue-mauritius.

A promotional graphic for the movie, designed to look like the address side of a postcard, is shown on page 18.

The film is directed by Edward Berger. A plot synopsis is provided on the website:

"Five young glamorous thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world - The Blue Mauritius - but must overcome a murderous collector, a tenacious curator, a quirky detective, a traitor in their midst, and mutual mistrust to pull off the heist of the century."

According to the Internet Movie Database website, the film stars Anika Noni Rose in the role of Makeda.

For her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change, Rose won the 2004 Tony Award for featured actress in a musical. She also voiced the role of Tiana in the 2009 Disney animated feature The Princess and the Frog.

Rose was a participant in the Jan. 31 first-day ceremony for the United States Shirley Chisholm forever stamp.

IMDB reports that additional cast members and their roles are Ashley Walters (as Neil Rupert O'Neil), Amr Waked (Lucien), Rainer Bock (Detective Kirschenbaum), Natalia Oreiro (Maria) and Nicola Breytenbach (Claudia).

The Mauritius "Post Office" stamps (Scott 1-2) are among the world's most valuable.

There are 27 known 1847 Mauritius 1-penny orange and 2d blue Queen Victoria stamps erroneously inscribed "Post Office" still in existence.

The inscription was corrected on later stamps to read "Post Paid."

The 2014 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 values the 1d stamp at $1.25 million in unused condition and at $1.15 million in used condition.

The 2d stamp — the Blue Mauritius — is valued in used condition only at $1.7 million.

Lady Elizabeth Gomm, the wife of the governor of Mauritius, requested the stamps to mail invitations to her costume ball.

Published 2/14/2014 11:25 AM