Alfred Molina, Ed Speleers off to 'War'

Firefly Films pic tells story of British major in WWII

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CANNES -- Ed Speleers and Alfred Molina will don World War II uniforms and do battle with the Germans in "The Good War," a film being put together by indie U.K. production company Firefly Films.

The movie, budgeted at $18 million, tells the story of a British major who leads a platoon of ill-equipped troops who try to defend the strategically important island of Malta against Hitler's air force. Hostile islanders and a dangerous love triangle threaten to destroy the major's hopes of military success.

Penned by Jean-Pierre Magro, Matthew Hobbs, James W. Mitchell, Valentine Stockdale and Mark Thomas, the film will be produced by Firefly founder Hobbs. Guido Chiesa is under orders to direct.

The project, set to begin shooting in the summer, is being touted to global buyers by U.K.-based sales and finance house Intandem Films.