Magazine article Screen International

Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in 'Official Secrets' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in 'Official Secrets' (Exclusive)

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Sierra/Affinity to launch sales at EFM. Spy thriller set to begin production on March 12 in Yorkshire, England.

Keira Knightley, fresh from the triumphant world premiere and sale of period drama Colette in Sundance, will shift gears and star as British intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun alongside Matt Smith in Official Secrets, Mark Gordon and eOne announced on Monday (February 12).

Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales at the EFM this week in all territories excluding Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Germany, Benelux and Spain, where eOne distributes directly. CAA and UTA Independent Film Group represent US rights.

Official Secrets has been in the works for years with various cast members coming and going, however a reconstituted version has finally come together for the EFM ahead of a scheduled March 12 start date in Yorkshire, England.

eOne will oversee production and finances with Screen Yorkshire and producer Melissa Shiyu Zuo through her GS Media.

Gavin Hood will direct the true story of Gun, a former Mandarin translator at the notorious British intelligence agency GCHQ in Cheltenham who made headlines after she leaked a confidential NSA memo that proposed the US and UK put pressure on six ‘swing’ nations on the UN Security Council to vote in favour of the imminent 2003 Iraq invasion.

The Observer newspaper in the UK broke the story and Gun was subsequently arrested and charged under the Official Secrets Act, sparking a public outcry. …

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