Keira Knightley is set to star in Official Secrets alongside Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes but is the film based on a true story?

This morning saw the release of the first trailer for Official Secrets, the latest movie to star Keira Knightley which is set to tell the story of how a British intelligence employee leaked secrets to the press regarding an illegal spying operation that helped start the Iraq war in the early 2000s.

Knightley is joined by an all-star cast which features Matt Smith (Doctor Who & The Crown) and Ralph Fiennes (James Bond and Harry Potter series) to name just two.

But is Official Secrets based on a true story?

Is Official Secrets a true story?

You bet it is! 

Official Secrets tells the story of Katharine Gun, a former employee of the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and how she leaked secrets to the media that uncovered an illegal spying operation that helped start the Iraq war in 2003.

Gun, who worked primarily as a translator, deciphering Mandarin Chinese into English, managed to read an email from Frank Koza, one of the big-wigs at the US National Security Agency, detailing how the US wanted aid in bugging the UN offices of six countries who could help approve the Iraq war.

Katharine Gun was charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act and was taken to court for leaking the information to the press but the allegations were dropped as it is believed the government wanted to keep sensitive documents, that could’ve been used as evidence, out of the public eye.

When is Offical Secrets out?

Official Secrets which is directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the SKy & Ender’s Game) and stars Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and plenty more recognisable names was released first at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in 2019 but is set to get it’s full cinema release later this year.

The UK release date for Official Secrets is October 19th, 2019. It’s a long wait to be sure, but we’re confident that it’ll be well worth it.