Netflix releases a trailer for Operation Mincemeat, revealing more details about the World War II movie. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth leads the cast of the British war drama as the remarkable intelligence officer Ewen Montagu, who teams up with Charles Cholmondeley (played by Succession's Matthew Macfadyen) to plan one of the greatest deceptions in history. The film's cast also includes Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs, Johnny Flynn as James Bond author Ian Fleming, and Simon Russell Beale as Winston Churchill.
Operation Mincemeat hails from acclaimed director John Madden, The King's Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, and screenwriter Michelle Ashford, the last of who is best known for writing HBO's Emmy-nominated WWII miniseries The Pacific. Based on the extraordinary true story, Operation Mincemeat follows the two British intelligence officers as they plan and execute the titular deception effort designed to keep the Allied invasion of Sicily hidden. For their master plan, the two turn to the unlikeliest of secret agents – a dead man.
Now, Netflix has unveiled a complete look at Operation Mincemeat. The trailer opens with Montagu detailing the Allied forces' plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily to break Hitler's grip on occupied Europe. Although they face one major challenge, Germany's chancellor knows their intentions. Thus, Firth and Macfadyen's intelligence officers devise a deception effort intended to humiliate Hitler by planting a corpse on the shores of Spain carrying fake documents detailing plans of a faux invasion. Check out the trailer below:
It's been over a decade since Firth last teamed up with the producing duo behind See-Saw Films for The King's Speech, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role for Firth. Operation Mincemeat could potentially garner similar awards buzz with Firth as the face of the film and Madden at the helm. The director's 1998 film Shakespeare in Love also won Best Picture.
Other than the titular deception plan at the forefront of the Operation Mincemeat trailer, the reveal of Simon Russell Beale as Winston Churchill is also notable. A few famous portrayals of the British Prime Minister in recent media, such as Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and John Lithgow in season 1 of The Crown. Beale is a somewhat lesser-known but similarly accomplished actor, so seeing how his performance stacks up will be interesting. Only time will tell when Operation Mincemeat premieres in select theaters on May 6 and streams on May 11 on Netflix.