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article imageKit Harington, Jennifer Ehle join Peter Firth for Spooks movie

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 8, 2013 in Entertainment
Further casting announcements have been made for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the popular BBC spy drama, “Spooks”.
Spooks – or MI-5 as it is known in the US — for ten seasons between 2002 and 2011. Although the main cast members changed throughout its run, Peter Firth (as MI5 chief, Harry Pearce) appeared in every single episode.
As reported last week, Firth will reprise his role for Spooks: The Greater Good, his character being central to the premise of the film.
With speculation rife as to who would be joining him, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Kit Harrington and Jennifer Ehle have been cast.
Kit Harrington will play an ex-MI5 operative Will Crombie. The 26-year-old is best known for playing the Night’s Watchman, Jon Snow — the illegitimate son of Lord Stark — in HBO’s George R. R. Martin fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones. Ehle — who, in the 1990s, starred with Colin Firth in the BBC TV series Pride and Prejudice — appeared more recently in the film Zero Dark Thirty. She will play MI5’s Dame Geraldine Maltby.
Speaking about the casting announcements, co-producer Stephen Garrett said, “With [this film], we’ve set out to make a gripping, cinematic, contemporary spy thriller – one that builds on the history of the show and its legacy of questioning the world around us, but which also delivers as a stand-alone film for a new, global audience.”
Meanwhile, Ollie Madden — also a co-producer — tells the Hollywood Reporter, “We are delighted that Kit Harington, who blew us away as Jon Snow, will star in the lead role as Will Crombie, alongside the wonderful Jennifer Ehle as Dame Geraldine Maltby of MI5. Together with Peter Firth, who has been in this from the beginning, we’re thrilled to be bringing together such an exciting cast.”
Described by Altitude Film as “a gripping, high-concept espionage thriller with global stakes, a classy, award-winning cast and strong franchise potential”, Spooks: The Greater Good is due to begin filming in the first quarter of 2014. It will be directed by the originating director of the TV series, Bharat Nalluri.
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