The official trailer’s arrived for IFC Films’ Official Secrets, based on true events. Keira Knightley takes on the role of the real life whistleblower Katharine Gun in the drama from director Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
In addition to two-time Oscar nominee Knightley (The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice), the Official Secrets cast includes two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List), Matthew Goode (A Discovery of Witches), Matt Smith (The Crown), and Rhys Ifans (Berlin Station).
The film’s based on the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell. Director Gavin Hood, Gregory Bernstein, and Sara Bernstein wrote the screenplay. Hood’s behind the scenes team includes director of photography Florian Hoffmeister, editor Megan Gill, and production designer Simon Rogers.
Official Secrets opens in theaters on August 30, 2019.
“She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information.
One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.”