AFM: Brian Cox to Become British Wartime Leader in 'Churchill'

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The feature will focus on the tense days prior to the Normandy invasion and Winston Churchill's relationship with his wife.

Emmy-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox, a veteran of stage and screen, is soon set to pick up one of the most famous pipes in political history.

In Churchill, he will star as famed British wartime leader Winston Churchill, in what has been described as a "ticking-clock thriller" set in the 48 hours prior to the famous D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, that marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy. The film deals with his relationship with his wife Clemmie Churchill.

Brian Welsh (Glasgow Girls, Black Mirror) is directing from a script by historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann in her first feature screenplay. London-based Salon Pictures is producing, with Embankment handling international sales and introducing the film to buyers at AFM.

While Churchill has been a regular character in war films (recently and famously played by Timothy Spall in The King's Speech), he's had relatively little big-screen action as the central character. However, there's recently been a flurry of activity around the historical figure.

Last year, THR revealed that Kevin Spacey was attached to star in Sierra/Affinity's Captain of the Gate, chronicling his rise to power as he stood against parliament to defend Britain and the world from the Nazis. And in February, it was reported that The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten was reteaming with Working Title for Darkest Hour, focusing on a decisive moment faced by the British leader in 1940 when troops were stranded at Dunkirk.

In May, PBS also announced feature-length Churchill's Secret, highlighting a period of controversy following his post-war career, with Michael Gambon in the lead role,