Coming Soon is reporting that Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) have joined the cast of Official Secrets. Justin Chadwick (Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom) will direct from a screenplay by Sara and Gregory Bernstein adapted from the best-selling book “The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.” Check out the synopsis below:
“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 film will begin principal photography in May and does not have a release date yet. I will keep you informed as soon as I learn any new details.