Swipe recasts WWII history in 'Jackboots'


A stellar cast including Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Timothy Spall has assembled to add their voices to what promises to be one the most unusual movies made on U.K. shores in recent years.

U.K. production, sales and distribution banner Swipe Films began recording the all-star cast's vocal contributions Thursday for "Jackboots on Whitehall," billed as a comedy spoof set during World War II.

The script imagines what would have happened had Germany invaded Britain but were then defeated by the Scots at the border with England.

Using specially designed G.I. Joe-type action figures, producer Frank Mannion ("Grand Theft Parsons") said the $2 million-budgeted movie is in the vein of "Team America" — minus the strings.

"It's one of the funniest scripts I have read in a long time, with a delightful twist at the end," Mannion said.

The movie has benefited from the help of top British casting director Debbie McWilliams — she cast "Casino Royale" and the previous six James Bond outings — who takes an executive producer credit on "Jackboots."

"Jackboots" marks the directorial debut of Edward McHenry, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Rory. The script won the inaugural Swipe Films Screenplay Scholarship.

Swipe Films Sales is handling worldwide distribution for the title, which is financed through private sources and Final Cut Post, Mannion said in an interview.