Colin Firth: Danger Man.
So it goes with England’s most affable performer, somewhat recently off Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, soon to headline a Matthew Vaughn actioner by the name of Secret Service — and, now, a third title is swinging into focus. In a report filing out of Cannes, ScreenDaily tell of A Foreign Country, in which Firth will portray a former MI6 agent called back into the line of duty.
You can read a synopsis below, courtesy of Amazon:
“On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.
Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself – find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.”
His company, Raindog, will be producing alongside Silver Reel; no director or co-stars have been attached. In the meantime, Firth is also putting his name behind two other titles: The Loving Story, an interracial romance set against the troubled social times of the late ’50s, as well as The Boy on the Tracks, scripted by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) and based on Mara Leveritt‘s novel. From this stance, he appears as concerned with producing as performing.
Does Firth strike you as a good fit for the spy story?