With a long TV track record behind him, Justin Chadwick has transitioned to filmmaking, making respectable fare like "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." This year, he's got the 17th century set drama "Tulip Fever" coming featuring a rather remarkable cast including Alicia Vikander, Jack O'Connell, Christoph Waltz, Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, and even Zach Galifianakis. And the director is already gearing up his next effort, with no less impressive an ensemble.
Harrison Ford, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Paul Bettany will star in "Official Secrets." Based on the book, "The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion," the film the true story of the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, centering on Katharine Gun (Dormer), a young British intelligence officer who 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.
Well, there's a subject that's certain to draw a lot of attention. Production begins in May, and it'll be interesting to see if the filmmakers try to finish it in time for the awards season later this year.