Berlin: Gillian Anderson Joining Harrison Ford in ‘Official Secrets’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gillian Anderson is in negotiations to star in Justin Chadwick’s political thriller “Official Secrets” to portray an MI6 agent, Variety has learned exclusively.

Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Tahar Rahim and Martin Freeman have already joined the project, produced by Elizabeth Fowler. Chadwick will direct from a screenplay by Sara and Gregory Bernstein based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.”

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing, and handling the financing and international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated to begin shooting in May in the U.K. The story is set in 2003 in the months before the Iraq War with Dormer playing a British intelligence officer and Rahim in the role of her husband.

Bettany will portray a British newspaper reporter. Dormer’s character reveals a secret, illegal NSA spy operation against the UN Security Council designed to ensure passage of a resolution for war. She’s arrested following the leak and the reporter’s efforts to gain the evidence to free her unearths a shocking plot that puts both of their lives in jeopardy.

Freeman will be playing Peter Edwards, the foreign affairs editor at the newspaper. Hopkins is playing a retired U.K. general and Ford is a CIA agent.

Anderson stars in Fox’s reboot of “The X-Files,” the original series and the two movies. She’s also starred in “The Last King of Scotland,” BBC’s “The Fall,” NBC’s “Hannibal” and the upcoming “Viceroy’s House” with Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville.

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  1. deborah ann lariscy says:

    Too bad they didn’t say the part that Ms Anderson was playing. I always try and see her work, it is always a rewarding experience. Look forward to the film on many levels.

  2. Lolit says:

    Anderson is one of the best actresses of her generation, criminally underrated. Glad to see her in more roles on stage and on screen. And what a stellar cast!

  3. buffalobilly says:

    pity, she is a colossal bore and the lead anchor of all she appears in.

  4. Gabby Simone says:

    Gillian Anderson is ON FIRE! Thrilled to see her in so many new projects.

  5. Rachael says:

    Harrison Ford & Gillian Anderson=WIN

  6. This is the best news! I lover her and I want her to have great roles!

  7. Leigh says:

    Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford AND Gillian Anderson?! OMG. Yes, pls!!

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