Judi Dench films in London this month

judi denchJudi Dench will begin filming the lead role in Red Joan later this month with Trevor Nunn at the helm.

As first reported by Screen, Sophie Cookson will also star in the feature, which has been adapted by Lindsay Shapiro from Jennie Rooney’s 2014 novel.

Red Joan tells the true story of Melita Norwood who, aged 87, was revealed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

David Parfitt and Ivan Mactaggart of Trademark Films produce.

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Parfitt commented to Screen: “Ivan and I have been inspired by this story since Trevor brought Jennie’s book to Trademark three years ago. Lindsay’s writing is so nuanced, insightful and emotive and we’re thrilled that Judi and Sophie have chosen to make this exciting film with us.”

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Judi Dench photo via Getty Images/FilmMagic/Walter McBride. 


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