“Dunkirk” star Fionn Whitehead has joined the cast of “The Duke,” a heist feature which will also star Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.
The film will be directed by Roger Michell, who previously directed “Notting Hill,” “Venus,” “My Cousin Rachel” and the TIFF-premiering film, “Blackbird.” “The Duke” is written by Richard Bean (“One Man, Two Guvnors”) and Clive Coleman.
According to Variety, the plot follows “a 60 year-old London cab driver, Kempton Bunton (Broadbent), who in 1961 stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, the only robbery in the museum’s history. Bunton sent ransom notes saying he would return the painting on condition that the British government invested more in care for the elderly. But the full story did not emerge until 50 years later.”
Mirren is set to star as the wife to Broadbent’s character, while Whitehead will play the role of the son.
Whitehead starred in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning war drama, “Dunkirk,” in his debut feature film role. He earned nominations for his work at both the UK Empire Awards and London Critics Circle Film Awards in 2018. He later starred opposite Stanley Tucci and Emma Thomspon in Richard Ayre’s “The Children Act.” In 2018, Whitehead played the lead role in “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” an interactive episode of the dark tech-based series where streamers pick their choices on screen.
Executive producers on “The Duke” are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media; and Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire. Pathé will be introducing the project to the American Film Market for worldwide sales. Principal photography is set to start in January 2020.