Actress will take role of Katharine Gun, who leaked an email to the Observer about US spying plans, in new film
Her story has been all but forgotten in the years since the 2003 Iraq war ended, overshadowed by more recent, flashier tales. Now a new film, starring Keira Knightley and Matt Smith, will put GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun back in the spotlight – and in doing so ask audiences the question: where do your true loyalties lie?
“I found Katharine’s story fascinating,” says director Gavin Hood, known for the Helen Mirren thriller Eye in the Sky and the acclaimed South African crime drama Tsotsi. He will begin filming Official Secrets in March, with a planned release date later this year.