• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Not the Usual Suspect: Kevin Spacey to play Winston Churchill in new movie

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been lined up to play Winston Churchill in a new film.

Captain Of The Gate will chronicle the former prime minister's rise to power as he led Britain during the Second World War.

Spacey is currently starring as politician Frank Underwood in the hit US remake of BBC drama House Of Cards.

The Oscar-winning actor is now set to star as Churchill in the biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ben Kaplan, whose previous credits include a TV movie for the History Channel about late US president Ronald Reagan, has written the screenplay. He has also worked on historical documentaries about Vietnam and the Second World War.

A director for the project has not been finalised.

Spacey, 54, is due to step down from his position as artistic director of The Old Vic in London next year, but will perform in a one-man show at the theatre which begins previews in May.

Churchill, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, was prime minister during the period 1940-45 and again from 1951 to 55.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.