Celebrated writer and director Guy Ritchie is a busy man of late, what with news that his long-gestating spy thriller, Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre starring Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza is now set to arrive in cinemas in January. He’s now entering post-production on his as-yet-untitled Iraq War thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and it’s now official that Ritchie is moving very quickly to get his historical WWII action thriller The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare into production. And he’s bringing something heavy hitters on for this one.
Deadline has confirmed that Henry Cavill and Eiza Gonzalaz are now attached to the project and that Hollywood legend Jerry Bruckheimer will step on as a producer.
The movie, inspired by real events, will chart UK PM Winston Churchill’s and James Bond scribe Ian Fleming’s secret WWII combat organization the Special Operations Executive also known as The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare. The clandestine squad’s unconventional and entirely ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques against the Nazis helped change the course of the war and in part gave birth to the modern Black Ops unit.
It’s a narrative that perfectly fits with Ritchie’s gung-ho style and seeing that he’s-teaming with his The Man from U.N.C.L.E star Henry Cavill for this classic British spy thriller, well we couldn’t be happier. There’s no word on how Eiza Gonzalaz will fit into the story, but the exotic beauty has been a star on the rise and it’ll be a thrill to see her step into Ritchie’s wheelhouse for this picture.
Black Bear International is arranging financing and international distribution deals are looking to be secured ahead of a January 2023 start date in turkey, so hopefully, we’ll hear a lot more about this project soon.
With its director, key cast and narrative, The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare is ready to be a picture to look forward to.