Red Joan comes to British cinemas 19 April

"Red Joan" Promotional Material. Image Credit: IMDb

“Red Joan,” premiered in these United States at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Saturday, 13 April 2019, is a British spy drama starring Judi Dench as the title character. Further to Dench, the production also features Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles and Tereza Srbova.

The world premiere of the British spy drama was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, 7 September 2018. “Red Joan,” based on the novel Jennie Rooney written novel of the same title, is scheduled to hit British cinema screens Friday, 19 April 2019. Rooney’s novel was inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.

“Red Joan” Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb

Is “Red Joan” based on a true story?

While “Red Joan” is based on the Jennie Rooney written novel of the same title, the author drew inspiration for his book from the life of Melita Norwood.

Melita Stedman Norwood, born in Bournemouth, Hampshire on Monday, 25 March 1912, worked as a civil servant. She worked at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association. Beginning in 1937, for the next 40 years, Norwood was a significant source of intelligence for the KGB.

On Thursday, 2 June 2005, Norwood died at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital. She was 93.

Who is in the cast?

Cast in the title role, Joan Stanley, is the legendary Dame Judi Dench. Dench is a national treasure. The North Yorkshire born actress, with 60 years experience, has worked on productions fitting almost every genre imaginable.

Known for such series as “A Fine Romance” and “As Time Goes By,” Dench’s contribution to British comedy not be forgotten. Further, Dench plays M in seven Bond films.

Also cast in the title role, a young Joan Stanley, is Sophie Cookson. Cookson, an accomplished actress in her own right, has worked on such television productions as “Moonfleet,” “Gypsy” and the coming miniseries “The Trial of Christine Keeler.”

Further to her television work, the Sussex born actress made appearances in the big screen films “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Is there a movie trailer?

“Red Joan” hits British cinema screens Friday, 19 April 2019.