Will We Spy MI5 on the Big Screen?

L to R Spooks: Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) and Will Crombie (Kit Harrington)
L to R Spooks: Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) and Will Crombie (Kit Harrington)

Because somehow you knew you hadn’t seen the last of Harry Pearce, we bring you news of Spooks: The Greater Good, a full-length feature film installment of the TV series know as Spooks in the U.K. and MI5 in the U.S. of A.

Here’s the brief:

Terrorist Adam Qasim escaping from MI5 custody during a routine handover – with head of counterterrorism, Harry Pearce, blamed. When Pearce disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames, his protégé Will Crombie is called in to help uncover a conspiracy which stretches from Vietnam to the Mediterranean.

Peter Firth reprises his role as Harry Pearce. (Who else could?) Following in the hunky, Action Man footsteps of Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Richard Armitage, is Kit Harrington (aka Jon Snow from Game of Thrones—possibly the only show in history to rival MI5 for main character carnage) as Will Crombie. Also in the cast are Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tuppence Middleton (The Lady Vanishes).

The writers are Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, who collaborated on a number of scripts for the series, including the finale. (If you saw it, ’nuff said.) The director is Bharat Nalluri, who directed several episodes of the series, including the finale. They’re filming in London now, and production photos such as the one above have been released to the press periodically.

Release is set for 2014. I’m guessing that there’s slim chance of this film making it to theaters in the U.S., but  surely the Interwebs will allow us to see it in some form. In the meantime, you can stay up to date on the progress by following @spooksthemovie on Twitter.  I know I will.

Thanks to Den of Geek for the heads up.

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