Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress Keira Knightley and Matt Smith will star in the feature film OFFICIAL SECRETS, based on the dramatic true story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gun. Entertainment One (eOne) will oversee production and will finance the project with Screen Yorkshire and Melissa Shiyu Zuo through her company GS Media. Academy Award winning filmmaker Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky, Tsotsi) will direct the gripping thriller and penned the script. Marking his second collaboration with Hood, Ged Doherty (Eye in the Sky, Loving) will produce with Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’s Knot) and Melissa Shiyu Zuo. Claudia Bluemhuber, Anne Sheehan, Hugo Heppell are executive producers. Principal photography on the project is expected to commence this March in Yorkshire.
eOne will directly distribute the feature film in Canada, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux and Spain. Sierra/Affinity will represent all other international territories outside of the US.
OFFICIAL SECRETS tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun (Knightley), who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.
“OFFICIAL SECRETS documents an incredibly intense and suspenseful true story, pulling the curtain back on one of the most controversial international incidents in recent history,” said eOne’s Chief Content Officer Mark Gordon. “Combining Keira and Matt’s exceptional talent with Gavin’s unrivaled storytelling abilities, we are confident this film will leave a lasting impression with audiences around the world.”
An internationally acclaimed actress, Knightley has an impressive list of credits, including THE IMITATION GAME, the global blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, BEGIN AGAIN, ATONEMENT, and PRIDE & PREJUDICE, as well as the upcoming feature THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, which also hails from MGC. She is represented by CAA, United Agents, and MGMT Entertainment.
Smith will next be seen in the feature films PATIENT ZERO and CHARLIE SAYS, and has previously had roles in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and TERMINATOR GENISYS. He is also well known for his role in the television series Doctor Who. He is represented by UTA.
Hood’s impressive slate of directing and writing credits include his Oscar win for TSOTSI, ENDER’S GAME, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and EYE IN THE SKY. He is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, and Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg Light.
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