Onesumore: Colin Firth’s ‘Operation Mincemeat’ Netflix Movie: What We Know So Far

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In its effort to develop feature films on its platform, Netflix has acquired Operation Mincemeat, a big-budget WWII thriller that stars big names like Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Matthew Macfayden (Succession) and Jason Isaacs (Harry potter saga). Operation Mincemeat will tell the true story of Ewen Montagu, the late British judge, naval intelligence officer and spy who was among those who planned the eponymous military operation and who was one of the two agents who carried it out.

Oscar nominated director John madden, known for his work on Shakespeare in love directed the film which was first announced in May 2019. The screenplay for Operation Mincemeat, adapted from the book of the same name by author and historian Ben Macintyre, was written by Michelle ashford who is best known for Showtime Masters of sex. The film is from See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) and Cohen Media Group (Howard’s end) with producers Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Kris Thykier.

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Producers Canning and Sherman commented:

“Operation Mincemeat is a thrilling portrayal of hope and daring, all the more incredible as it is based on a true story. It was wonderful to reunite with Colin and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Netflix and share John’s wonderful movie with the world.

Operation Mincemeat was not originally intended for a streaming network, but due to Covid and the state of theaters today, Netflix made a deal with See-Saw and Cohen Media Group to distribute the film in North America and Latin America. Warner Bros. still intends to release the film in theaters in the UK and Europe.


What is the plot of Operation Mincemeat?

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Operation Mincemeat was a military deception operation conducted by Allied forces during World War II. Its purpose was to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily as a mere sham, planting false documents and correspondence on a corpse and faking the corpse’s identity as a fictional army captain. The corpse with the documents was freed from a submarine near the coast of Spain to be discovered by Spain and the documents were shared with the Germans, leading them to believe that the main Allied target would be Greece . The operation proved successful as even Adolf Hitler was deceived by the plan and did not provide enough force to defend Sicily while Allied forces liberated it.

The operation was planned and carried out by Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew MacFayden). It was however inspired by The Trout Memo of 1939, published as Admiral John Godfrey, British Director of Naval Intelligence, but written by Ian Fleming, who is best known for creating the iconic spy gentleman James Bond. The memo details 54 ways an enemy can be lured or trapped like a trout.

After the war, Ewen Montagu wrote a book about the whole operation titled The man who never was. The book was later adapted into a 1956 film of the same name. The Netflix adaptation, however, takes that of author and historian Ben Mcintyre. Operation Mincemeat book as the source material of the film.

Netflix Director Operation Mincemeat, John Madden commented:

“Set against the backdrop of WWII narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique – a bizarre and alluring blend of cinematic high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher. Michelle Ashford’s screenplay merges several currents and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, surprisingly funny and infinitely surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we rarely see, fighting another kind of war in the shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and the guarantee of success are nowhere to be found.


Who is thrown Operation Mincemeat?

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Netflix Operation Mincemeat is led by Colin firth, who won an Oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech. He will be joined by Matthew macfayden (Estate, Ripper Street). The two will present the two brains behind Operation Mincemeat: Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley. They will be joined by Kelly macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, No Country for the elderly) who will play the Navy officer Jean Leslie.

The three leaders will be joined by Simon russell beale (Stalin’s Death, Penny Dreadful), Johnny flynn (Vanity Fair, Genie), Jason isaacs (Harry Potter, the OA) like Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and John Godfrey respectively.


What is the state of production on Operation Mincemeat?

Current state of production: Post-production (Last update: 03/04/2021)

Netflix Operation Mincemeat went into production in December 2019 and ended in spring 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming took place in the UK and Spain. Here is a selection of photos from the set via DailyMail, including the filming of the invasion of Sicily at Saunton Sands, UK:

And here’s a brief video where we can see Colin Firth with his teammates in their uniforms:


What is the release date for Operation Mincemeat?

In March 2021, Netflix did not announce the release date of Operation Mincemeat yet, but knowing that production is over, we can assume that sooner or later it will be. Also keep in mind that the release must be in agreement with Warner Bros as they own the distribution rights for the film in the UK and Europe. However, they could also decide to release the film on HBO Max, as they previously said their streaming platform will eventually arrive in Europe in the second half of 2021.

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