Filming will begin in January 2011 for Page Eight, a spy thriller for BBC 2 starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes.
David Hare’s first original screenplay for 20 years, the story follows Johnny Worricker (played by Bill Nighy) – a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (played by Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him a file which threatens the stability of the secret service. Rachel Weisz plays the love interest, Nancy Pierpan.
The writer and director said:
“The last decade has been as testing as any in the history of the British intelligence community: the compromises and dilemmas they’ve faced in the new century make a fascinating story. I’m thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary ensemble of great actors.”
Page Eight will be screen on BBC 2 in late 2011. NBC Universal will distribute the film worldwide. The film is a co-production between Carnival Films (Downton Abbey, Any Human Heart, Whitechapel), Heyday Films (the Harry Potter series, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, I Am Legend) and Runaway Fridge (the Harry Potter series, Possession).
Bill Nighy as Johnny Worricker
Michael Gambon as Benedict Baron
Rachel Weisz as Nancy Pierpan
Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch, Black Hawk Down)
Felicity Jones (The Tempest, Northanger Abbey, Brideshead Revisited)
Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)
Alice Krige (Skin, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Star Trek: First Contact, Chariots of Fire)
Saskia Reeves (Close My Eyes, A Christmas Carol, Butterfly Kiss).
Screenplay, Directing: David Hare (The Reader, The Hours)
Producers: David Heyman, David Barron.
Executive Producers: Gareth Neame (Carnival), Christine Langan (BBC Films), Scott Rudin and Bill Nighy.
Co-producers: Rosie Alison (Is Anybody There, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) and Celia Duval (Margot, Christopher & His Kind) will.
Director of Photography: Martin Ruhe (The American, Control, Harry Brown).