Colin Firth Joins WWII Drama “Operation Mincemeat”

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Colin Firth will star in the John Madden-helmed forthcoming WWII drama Operation Mincemeat.

The Oscar-winning actor (The King’s Speech) and the Oscar-winning director (Shakespeare in Love) are adapting Ben Macintyre’s bestselling book for the big screen. Emmy nominee scribe Michelle Ashford wrote the screenplay.

Set in 1943 when the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on Fortress Europe. The film follows two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, who dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war — a lunatic and dangerously precarious undertaking centered on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.

“In the context of WWII 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,” said Madden. “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.”

The film is scheduled to go into pre-production later this year.