Kevin Spacey to play Winston Churchill

The Oscar-winner and star of House of Cards will portray the British Prime Minister in Captain of the Gate

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Kevin Spacey to play Winston Churchill
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Susanna Lazarus

After two series playing calculating Frank Underwood, it looks like Kevin Spacey's caught the political bug. 

The star of House of Cards is sticking within politics to play British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a new film charting his rise to power during the Second World War. 

Captain of the Gate will look at how Churchill became the most powerful man in the country, standing against parliament to defend Britain and the world from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, before serving as Prime Minister between 1940-45 and then again from 1951-55. 

New Jersey-born Spacey certainly has an aptitude for accents, most recently pulling off Underwood's deep south drawl on the Netflix original drama. But Churchill's distinctive diction will no doubt be a challenge to master. 

Written by Ben Kaplan (who recently told the story of late President Ronald Reagan for the History Channel), the film is still in the early stages of production with shooting and release schedules yet to be announced. 

Read RadioTimes.com's interview with Kevin Spacey here


 


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