'House of Cards' Star Spacey to Play Churchill in New Movie

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 04:52 PM

By Sharon Churcher

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Kevin Spacey, who plays a dastardly Deep Southern Democrat in Netflix’s "House of Cards," has been cast as one of history’s greatest real-life heroes.

The Oscar-winning 54-year-old actor is to star as Sir Winston Churchill in "Captain of the Gate," a $20 million film that will chronicle the legendary leader’s ascent to power, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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As Francis J. "Frank" Underwood in the Netflix series, Spacey stops at nothing in his quest for power. He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), but has affairs with other characters.

The show is an Americanized version of a BBC drama about a fictional chief whip of the Conservative Party in the post-Margaret Thatcher era, who employs Machiavellian tactics to become prime minister of the United Kingdom.

In contrast, the new film will portray Churchill as an idealist in both his personal and political life.

He fought fellow Parliamentarians who wanted to appease Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. And the love letters that he exchanged with his wife, Clementine, during their 57-year marriage were collected into a book by their daughter, Mary Soames, "Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills."

The screenplay for the new production will be written by Ben Kaplan, whose previous work includes a 2011 documentary about Ronald Reagan for the History Channel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Churchill film will be financed by a French company, StudioCanal, which co-produced the 2014 action-adventure "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson as a marshal locked in a midair fight with a murderer.

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