While a stellar cast doesn’t always make for a great film, it certainly helps. And the cast that has been announced for the upcoming film Official Secrets is certainly an exciting one. 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 – like I need to announce the credentials of these last two actors) have all officially joined the cast for this movie and that is certainly a lot of strong and diverse acting talent right there.
Justin Chadwick (Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) has been announced as the director for the film and he also has some strong dramatic chops in his film making resume. So what is this upcoming espionage thriller all about if it is attracting such a strong cast of actors?
Comingsoon.net reports the following about the plot, from the screenplay adapted by Sara and Gregory Bernstein based on a popular book titled The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.
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.
So it sounds like it will be quite an intriguing plot with different aspects of secret spy stuff, the press, government and the CIA to keep things tense. It doesn’t appear that the film will focus much on the actual invasion of Iraq, but rather the secrecy behind the plans and how it was uncovered by the press. It’s a familiar story, but based on strong material and having the cast that this one has, it is certainly a film to look out for the future. It is something that is still relevant and fresh in a lot of peoples’ minds and a topic that people have strong feelings about, so expect it to tackle this issue with some controversy.
Official Secrets is slated to begin principal photography in May 2016 in the UK, with no official release date yet to be announced. What do you think – is this a film to look out for?
Last Updated: February 1, 2016