McTeer weds Churchill for HBO/BBC


Oscar-nominated actress Janet McTeer has been tapped to star opposite Brendan Gleeson in "Churchill at War," HBO Films/BBC Films' follow-up to "The Gathering Storm," their much-heralded biopic of Winston Churchill.

"Churchill," from Scott Free Prods. and Rainmark Films, picks up where "Storm" left off and explores how the traits that made Churchill (Gleeson) a great wartime leader during World War II were the same ones that resulted in his ouster within weeks of the war's end. Like "Storm," "Churchill" will provide an intimate look into Churchill's marriage with wife Clemmie (McTeer). In "Storm," the role of Clemmie Churchill was played by Vanessa Redgrave.

Thaddeus O'Sullivan is directing "Churchill" from a script by Hugh Whitemore.

Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Julie Payne executive produce, while Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield and Ann Wingate serve as producers.

McTeer earned a best actress Oscar nomination for her role in 1999's "Tumbleweeds." She also is appearing in HBO Films' upcoming "As You Like It," Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the Shakespeare play that debuts in August, and HBO's five-part miniseries "Five Days," which premieres in October.

Gleeson is repped by Larry Taube of Principal Entertainment in the U.S. and Teri Hayden in Ireland.