Colin Firth is to star in “Operation Mincemeat,” a true story of World War II counterespionage that will be directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love).

Based on the Ben Macintyre book of the same name, Michelle Ashford (“Masters of Sex,” “The Pacific,” “John Adams”) has written the screenplay. The film will go into pre-production later this year.

The story takes place in 1943, as the Allies prepare to launch an all-out assault on Nazi-held Europe. They face a seemingly impossible task – to protect a massive invasion force from entrenched German firepower and avert a potential massacre. Two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, dream up an inspired disinformation strategy, centered on the corpse of a dead man.

“Operation Mincemeat” is a See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production in association with Archery Pictures. It is being produced by Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Kris Thykier.

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