COMING SOON – The Official Secrets cast includes Paul Bettany, Martin Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford and Natalie Dormer
Paul Bettany (The Avengers), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Thor, The Silence of the Lambs) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) have joined the Official Secrets cast. The espionage thriller will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’s Knot).
Justin Chadwick (Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book “The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.” The screenplay has been adapted by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.
In the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Katharine Gun (Dormer), a young British intelligence officer, reveals a secret illegal NSA spy operation against the UN Security Council designed to ensure passage of a resolution for war to Martin Bright (Bettany), a reporter at the British newspaper, The London Observer. Katharine’s arrest following the leak makes headlines around the world. In an attempt to gain the evidence to free Katharine, Martin unearths the shocking plot which puts both Katharine and Martin’s lives in great jeopardy. Freeman will be playing Peter Edwards, the foreign affairs editor at The Observer, while Hopkins is playing a retired UK general and Ford a CIA agent.
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.
The film is slated to begin principal photography in May 2016 in the UK.