'Operation Mincemeat': 5 things to know about Netflix movie based on a true story

Colin Firth will be playing the role of Ewen Montagu, who played an important role in Britain's 'Operation Mincemeat'


                            'Operation Mincemeat': 5 things to know about Netflix movie based on a true story
Official poster of 'Operation Mincemeat' (Netflix)
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Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth is back to enthrall viewers with another stupendous performance in the upcoming Netflix movie ‘Operation Mincemeat’. The movie is based on the actual mission that took place during World War II in 1943. In that deception operation, the Allies used a dead man to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe.

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This is not the first time that Firth will be playing the role of an important historical figure in a movie. In 2010, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’. It won’t come as a shock if Firth gets another nomination for this role as well.

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‘Operation Mincemeat’ was one of the most extraordinary missions in history and it is a story that needs to be told. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Netflix film.

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Colin Firth as Ewen Montagu in 'Operation Mincemeat' (Netflix)

When does ‘Operation Mincemeat’ release and where can you watch it

The upcoming Netflix movie will be premiering exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, May 11. According to the Netflix Press site, the film will be available for streaming at 3:01 am EST. Viewers can watch the movie by subscribing to the platform.

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What is ‘Operation Mincemeant’ all about?

The official synopsis reads, “It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge - how to protect a massive invasion force from a potential massacre. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Matthew Macfadyen (Charles Cholmondeley) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centered on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to alter the course of the war - defying logic, risking countless thousands of lives, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point.”

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Who stars in the Netflix movie?

The movie is stacked with amazing actors who will keep you at the edge of your seats. Colin Firth plays the role of Ewen Montagu while Charles Cholmondeley will be portraying the character of Matthew Macfadyen). On the other hand, Kelly Macdonald will be seen playing the role of Jean Leslie.

Colin Firth

Firth is undoubtedly one of the most influential actors in the world and he has the credentials to prove it. During the 1980s, he was identified as one of the rising British stars and he surely became one. Over the years, Firth has won an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, One Golden Globe, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and appeared in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

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Colin Firth attends the "Supernova" premiere during the 64th BFI London Film Festival at BFI Southbank on October 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

‘Operation Mincemeat’ will be Firth’s first Netflix movie.

Other actors to feature in the movie include Penelope Wilton (Hester Leggett), Johnny Flynn (Ian Fleming), Jason Isaacs (John Godfrey), Mark Gatiss (Ivor Montagu), and Simon Russell Beale (Winston Churchill). 

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Creators

Based on the book written by Ben Macintyre, the movie is directed by John Madden and penned by Michelle Ashford. Madden is known for directing movies such as ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, and ‘Miss Sloane’.

Charles S Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Kris Thykier are the producers of the movie.

Trailer

The trailer for ‘Operation Mincemeat’ manages to create a lot of hype for the movie. The British forces begin the operation by saying that they would need the assistance of a corpse to start the mission. You can watch the trailer here.

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