A release date has been announced for the much-anticipated Operation Mincemeat.
Set during World War II in 1943, the upcoming movie comes from the producers of The King’s Speech.
Production was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and the shoot finally wrapped this March in Málaga, Spain.
The new Second World War drama boasts an incredible line-up of British stars, with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) leading the cast.
They’re joined by Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), Johnny Flynn (Emma), Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Kelly Macdonald (Line of Duty), Hattie Morahan (Official Secrets), Simon Russell Beale (Mary Queen of Scots), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), and the late Paul Ritter (Chernobyl).
The official synopsis reads: “Set in 1943, the film follows two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Macfadyen) who conceived a plan that was dubbed Operation Mincemeat.
“They would trick the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece rather than Sicily. Their plan was to get a corpse, equip it with misleading papers, then drop it off the coast of Spain where Nazi spies would take the bait.”
The film is helmed by English filmmaker John Madden, the director of Shakespeare in Love and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Madden previously commented: “Ben Macintyre’s book presents an irresistible range of characters navigating a world suspended between unreliable fact and enticing fiction, and demands a cast to match.”
Operation Mincemeat will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 7th January 2022.
It’ll premiere exclusively on Netflix in the rest of the world.
Downton Abbey 2 will arrive in cinemas later this year.
Ben McIntyre’s book Operation Mincemeat is available on Amazon.