Film - Red Joan


With most eyes on yesterday's John Wick 3 trailer, here's another Lionsgate trailer you may have missed as Dame Judi Dench is revealed a KGB spy in Red Joan...

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light. Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? - Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

Red Joan is directed by the film and theatre director Trevor Nunn, from an adapted screenplay by Lindsay Shapero (Royal Wives at War, Enid) and based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name which, in turn, was inspired by the real life of Melita Norwood (Joan Stanley in the film), the KGB's longest-serving British spy. The film stars Dame Judi Dench as Joan and Sophie Cookson as young Joan, Stephen Campbell Moore as Max, Joan's boss at the research facility and Tom Hughes as Leo Galich.  The film hits cinemas in the UK in April.




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