Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes Cast in PAGE EIGHT

Michael Gambon

Filming will commence this month on PAGE EIGHT, David Hare’s first original screenplay for 20 years.

Page Eight, which is to be screened on BBC Two later this year, is both written and directed by Oscar nominee David Hare and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. It’s described as a ‘contemporary spy thriller’ and stars Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes. Also joining the stellar cast are Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch, Black Hawk Down), Felicity Jones (The Tempest, Northanger Abbey, Brideshead Revisited), Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Alice Krige (Skin, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Star Trek – First Contact, Chariots Of Fire) and Saskia Reeves (Close My Eyes, A Christmas Carol, Butterfly Kiss).

Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend, Benedict Baron (Gambon), dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file which threatens the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbor and political activist, Nancy Pierpan (Weisz), seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job and then out of his identity to find out the truth.

David Hare says:

“The last decade has been as testing as any in the history of the British intelligence community – the compromises and dilemmas they’ve faced in the new century make a fascinating story. I’m thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary ensemble of great actors.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says:

“David Hare’s return to the BBC with this gripping spy thriller and star-studded cast is indicative of the quality and ambition of the drama you will see on BBC Two in 2011, following the great start to the year for the channel with the record breaking Eric And Ernie.”

NBC Universal will distribute Page Eight worldwide.

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