Academy Award winner Colin Firth is set to star in John Madden‘s next project, a WWll-set drama titled “Operation Mincemeat.”
As reported on Deadline, the actor will be adding another war-centered project to his calendars. Just two months ago, he was one of four confirmed to star in Sam Mendes’ war drama “1917,” which is currently filming. In John Madden’s film, the plot will follow two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Chalmondeley, as they cook up a strategy to support the Allies amid the war in 1943.
From the Deadline article:
John Madden commented, “In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique – a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher. Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found.”
Firth, who won his Oscar for his performance in “The King’s Speech,” has just capped filming on his latest project, the fantasy drama “The Secret Garden.” He starred in last year’s vibrant musical sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”
Michelle Ashford has written the screenplay for the film, which is an adaptation of the Ben Macintyre book. Ashford has previously written for the Showtime series “Masters of Sex” and the original “21 Jump Street” series. The film is being produced by See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group, in association with Archery Pictures. Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Kris Thykier serve as producers. International sales for the film will launch during Cannes.