Joan Stanley may not be a name that will roll off many peoples tongues, but she was a unique woman. Stanley was one of the most exciting figures in British history, accused of being the longest-serving British KGB Spy.So it’s no surprise the woman in question will be the subject of an upcoming film called Red Joan.
Based on an acclaimed novel of the same name written by Jennie Rooney, starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson as the woman in question. The film will follow the Stanley as young (the Cambridge Student who fell in love with Communism) Then later we meet the older Joan Stanley whose retirement interrupted by the Mi5. Stanley is the fictional name of the Spy with the film based on the life of Melita Stedman Norwood.The film is now in post-production, Lionsgate Films has sent us 2 first images, check them out
2000: Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.
1938: Joan (Cookson) is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich (Hughes) and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.
Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan has to choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.
No exact date has been confirmed apart from Red Joan will be out in the UK and Irish cinemas later this year. The film also stars Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles and Tereza Srbova.