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Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald star in John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat

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Warner Bros. has today announced the UK and Irish release date for Operation Mincemeat, releasing in cinemas on 7th January 2022.

Based on the best-selling book by Ben MacIntyre and brought to the big screen by the Oscar-winning director John Madden (‘Shakespeare in Love’), and the producers behind ‘The Kings Speech’, ‘OPERATION MINCEMEAT’ is the extraordinary and true story of the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and one that changed the course of the Second World War. The film is produced by See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group in association with Archery Pictures.

It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect a massive invasion force from potential massacre. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen), to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war – centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.

Starring an all-British cast led by Colin Firth, Oscar winner with ‘The Kings Speech’, and joined by Emmy winner Kelly Macdonald (‘Line of Duty’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘No Country for Old Men’), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Succession’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’), Penelope Wilton (‘Downton Abbey’, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’), Johnny Flynn (‘Beast’, ‘Emma’) and Jason Isaacs (‘Harry Potter’, ‘Peter Pan’).

The film also stars Hattie Morahan (‘Official Secrets’, ‘Mr Holmes’), Simon Russell Beale (‘Mary Queen Of Scots’, ‘The Death Of Stalin’), Paul Ritter (Chernobyl, The Capture), James Fleet (‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’) and Mark Gatiss (‘Sherlock’, ‘The Favourite’).

Producers are Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Kris Thykier. Simon Gillis, See-Saw’s COO of Film, will serve as executive producer. Michelle Ashford (‘Masters of Sex’) has adapted the screenplay based on the best-selling Ben McIntyre book of the same name. Jina Jay led casting.

FilmNation Entertainment handled international sales for the film.

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