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Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in Real-Life Spy Thriller ‘Official Secrets’

February 13th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in Real-Life Spy Thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Mark Gordon and eOne are all set to produce the upcoming movie. Keira Knightley and Matt Smith will be starring in the real-life spy thriller Official Secrets from Mark Gordon and eOne.

The film feature centers on British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun (Knightley), who had leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint U.S.-U.K. illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. This film is set during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Oscar winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting next month in England. Sara and Greg Bernstein have written the feature that is based on the novel, The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War, by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell.

Ged Doherty, who worked with Hood on the thriller Eye in the Sky, is going to produce, along with Elizabeth Fowler and Melissa Shiyu Zuo. Claudia Bluemhuber, Anne Sheehan and Hugo Heppell will be taking the position of executive producers.

eOne will be supervising production and will finance the new project with Screen Yorkshire and Shiyu Zuo via her GS Media, along with distributing the pic in Canada, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux and Spain. Sierra/Affinity will rep all other international territories.

Knightley was recently at the Sundance Film Festival with her period drama Collette, and is all set for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, also from Gordon. She is repped by CAA, the U.K.’s United and MGMT.

Smith is presently set to be seen playing Prince Philip in the second season of Netflix’s The Crown, stars in the upcoming biopic Mapplethorpe and will play Charles Manson in Charlie Says. He is repped by UTA and the U.K.’s Troika.

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