Judi Dench is a World War II spy in ‘Red Joan’ trailer – watch!

The first trailer has been released for Dame Judi Dench’s new movie.

Red Joan is inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

Sophie Cookson (Kingsman) plays the younger version of Dench’s character, Joan Stanley, who is based on the real life Norwood.

The cast also includes Victoria star Tom Hughes as the young communist that Joan falls for as a Cambridge physics student in the late 1930s.

Red Joan will be released in UK cinemas on 19th April.

Watch the trailer:

The official synopsis reads: “The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

“Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

“Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.”

Norwood was previously the subject of David Burke’s 2009 book, The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage.

The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op is available to buy on Amazon.