Judi Dench’s Spy Thriller ‘Red Joan’ Lands at IFC Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 9/14/2018 | Elsa Keslassy
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IFC Films has scooped up the U.S. rights to Trevor Nunn’s period spy thriller “Red Joan” with Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday.

Represented in international markets by Embankment Films, “Red Joan” explores the complex persona and legacy of Joan Stanley, a seemingly demure physicist who was also a long-serving British spy for the KGB. “Red Joan” was written by Lindsay Shapero (“Royal Wives at War”) based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name.

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“Red Joan” stars Dench as Joan Stanley, a retired scientist living in a London suburb who gets arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. We flash back to 1938, and young Joan (Cookson) is a new physics student at Cambridge, where she is drawn into a circle of pro-USSR politicized youths and falls for a young communist, Leo Galich. When the World War II begins, Joan goes to work for a top-secret British intelligence project and soon faces an impossible dilemma, having to choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

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Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love”) produced for Trademark Films, while Ivan Mactaggart (“My Week with Marilyn”) of Cambridge Picture Company and Alice Dawson (“The Party”) co-produced.

IFC Films is planning to release the film theatrically in 2019.

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“It’s very exciting to have IFC steer our film through to release across the U.S. and we...
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