Colin Firth to Star in John Madden’s WWII Drama ‘Operation Mincemeat’

Colin Firth is reuniting with “Shakespeare in Love” director John Madden for the fact-based WWII drama “Operation Mincemeat,” See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group announced Tuesday morning.“The King’s Speech” star is set to play British intelligence officer Ewen Montagu in the stranger-than-fiction true story based on a best-selling book by Ben Macintyre of the same name.

Michelle Ashford adapted the screenplay, and the film is expected to go into preproduction later this year.In 1943, as the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on ‘Fortress Europe,’ they face an impossible challenge — to protect a massive invasion force from entrenched German firepower and avert a potential massacre.

It falls to two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, to 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.

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