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Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns) is set to portray a British naval intelligence officer in the WWII drama Operation Mincemeat, based on Ben Macintyre‘s 2010 non-fiction book, reports Variety. 

The forthcoming movie is fictionalized, pulling from actual events that took place in 1943, revolving around Allied forces on a mission “to protect a massive invasion force from entrenched German firepower and avert a potential massacre,” according to the official description.

Firth will portray Ewan Montagu, who worked with MI5 agent Charles Cholmondeley, in coming up with a plan to disarm an attack. They developed an idea that was inventive, but unlikely, relying on the help of a dead man.

The two, with the approval of higher-ups like Prime Minister Winston Churchill, secured a corpse, planted fake documents on the body, hoping German soldiers would find the misinformation and take it for truth.

Did it work?? We’re not going to spoil the ending for you… but, it did make it into book form and a movie adaptation.

Director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) helps explain what we’re in for with his on-screen retelling: “In the context of World War II narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique – a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher.”

Operation Mincemeat is in the early stages and a start date has yet to be announced. Firth is currently filming opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in writer-director Sam Mendes1917.

Any suggestions on who should star opposite Colin Firth in Operation Mincemeat?

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Filed Under: Casting News, Colin Firth
By Brigid Brown