Magazine article Screen International

Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson to Star in Trevor Nunn's 'Red Joan' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson to Star in Trevor Nunn's 'Red Joan' (Exclusive)

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Embankment Films launches project in Toronto.

Oscar-winner Judi Dench and rising talent Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will lead Red Joan for director Trevor Nunn.

Lindsay Shapiro has penned the script, an adaptation of Jennie Rooney’s eponymous 2014 novel which itself took its inspiration from the true story of Melita Norwood, a woman unmasked at age 87 as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

The story follows Dench’s Joan, a retired physicist whose tranquil life is interrupted in 2000 by a visit from British secret service MI5. Cookson will play Joan in her younger days as a student at Cambridge University who falls in love with a committed communist and, later, finds her loyalty to her country tested while employed in the UK’s secret nuclear programme.

UK-based sales outfit Embankment Films is launching sales on the project this week in Toronto. …

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