Colin Firth's upcoming high-budgeted war drama thriller based on the true events surrounding the World War II plan Operation Mincemeat is coming to Netflix.
‘Operation Mincemeat’ is an upcoming big-budget World War II drama thriller on Netflix, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfayden, and Jason Isaacs. The film is directed by John Madden and is based on the true story of Ewen Montagu. Montagu is a spy and Naval intelligence officer who was among the brilliant minds that organized and carried out Operation Mincemeat in World War 2. The operation led to the successful liberation of Sicily.
‘Operation Mincemeat’ is originally set for a theatrical release. However, with Covid-19 affecting the state of cinemas worldwide, Netflix managed to snatch a deal with See-Saw and Cohen Media Group to distribute the film in North and Latin America. Albeit, Warner Bros, is still interested to release the flick in cinemas in Europe and UK.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming film.
'Operation Mincemeat' is based on the eponymous military deception operation carried out by the Allied Forces during the second world war. The operation aims to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily as merely a distraction so Germans would let their guards down.
“In the context of WW2 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. Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found,” Operation Mincemeat director John Madden said in an interview.
In an intent to deceive the Germans, the Allied forces planted fake documents and correspondence on a dead body and faked the corpse's identity as a Captain of the army. The dead body and the fake documents were released from a submarine near the shores of Spain to be discovered by the Spaniards. The documents eventually reached the hands of the German, who believed that the Allies' main target would be Greece. The plan was a success. Adolf Hitler was deceived and failed to provide enough forces to defend Sicily while the Allied forces were liberating it.
Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew MacFayden) planned and carried out the operation. The idea was inspired by The Trout Memo from 1939, issued under the name of Admiral John Godfrey, Britain’s director of naval intelligence, but written by Ian Fleming, the guy who created James Bond.
The memo listed 54 ways to lure and trap enemies like a trout.
When the war finally ended, Ewen Montagu wrote a book titled 'The Man Who Never Was' where he details the entire operation. In 1956, the book was adapted into a film of the same name.
However, Netflix's adaptation will use Ben Mcintyre’s "Operation Mincemeat" book as the source material.
Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat began filming in December 2019 and finished in Spring 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the film and television industry.
Here are some first-look and behind the scene footage from the film.
Colin Firth and Matthew MacFayden star as Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, the masterminds behind Operation Mincemeat.
Kelly Macdonald will join them as Marine officer Jean Leslie. The rest of the cast members are:
Penelope Wilton as Hester Leggett
Johnny Flynn as Ian Fleming
Lorne MacFadyen as Roger Dearborn
Jason Isaacs as John Godfrey
Hattie Morahan as Iris Montag
Simon Russell Beale as Winston Churchill
Paul Ritter as Bentley Purchase
Mark Gatiss as Ivan Montagu
Alexander Beyer as Karl Kuhlenthal
Nicholas Rowe as David Ainsworth
Netflix has not announced the official release date for the upcoming film yet. But knowing that production has already wrapped up, we're confident that it will be coming out soon. We will update this space once we get new information.