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

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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