Don’t be alarmed! Natalie Dormer and Gillian Anderson are just joining the cast of a new espionage thriller called “Official Secrets” by director Justin Chadwick, best known for directing “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
According to Variety, Anderson, famous for playing agent Dana Scully opposite David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, is in negotiations at the moment to portray an MI6 agent in Chadwick’s thriller based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion” by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell. Dormer, who has already been confirmed for the movie, is playing a British intelligence officer alongside Paul Bettany as reporter. Bettany is famous for appearing in the “Avengers” movies as J.A.R.V.I.S and the Vision. He will reprise his ‘Vision’ character for “Captain America: Civil War.”
Dormer is well known for playing the role of Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors” TV series and Margaery Tyrell in the “Game of Thrones” TV series. Interestingly, Justin Chadwick also directed the film “The Other Boleyn Girl” which starred Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn. Tahar Rahim will be playing Dormer’s husband in “Official Secrets.”
“Official Secrets” also stars Harrison Ford, famous for playing Indiana Jones in Spielberg’s four films as the whip-yielding archaeologist cum grave digger, Han Solo in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and recently in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Sir Anthony Hopkins, famous for portraying Hannibal Lecter and Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock” and Martin Freeman of “Sherlock” and “The Hobbit” fame are also in the movie.
Both Gillian Anderson and Anthony Hopkins have been part of stories featuring Hannibal Lecter. Hopkins starred as Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Hannibal” (2001) and “Red Dragon” (2002).
The official synopsis is as follows – “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 casting is indeed a “jackpot” as Screenrant says in an earlier report on “Official Secrets.” Some of the best character actors and stars are set to appear in the movie. This will no doubt be an interesting watch at the least.
Principal photography of the movie is set to begin in May 2016 in the UK. The screenplay for the story set in 2003 in the months before the Iraq War and is being written by the husband/wife duo of Gregory and Sara Bernstein. It is produced by Elizabeth Fowler.