Operation Mincemeat — everything we know about the World War Two movie

Operation Mincemeat
Operation Mincemeat is coming to cinemas in 2022. (Image credit: Warner Bros)

Operation Mincemeat is a new World War Two film that tells the amazing true-life tale of how the Allies tricked the Nazis into believing they were going to attack Greece rather than Sicily.

The script is based on the hugely popular book of the same name by Ben Macintyre and follows the titular operation.

Speaking about the movie, director John Madden says: "Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found."

The star-studded cast is led by Bridget Jones actor Colin Firth — here's everything we know...

Operation Mincemeat release date

Operation Mincemeat is released in cinemas on April 15, 2022 in the UK and on May 11via Netflix in the US.

It's one of the most entertaining new movies in 2022. Check out our Operation Mincemeat review for our full verdict.

What is the plot of Operation Mincemeat?

The film is based on the extraordinary true events where two intelligence officers used a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops in 1943 during World War II.

During these events, the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on Fortress Europe. But they face an impossible challenge: to protect a massive invasion force from entrenched German firepower and avert a potential massacre.

Speaking about the plot, director John Madden said: "In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique — a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher."

Who's in the cast of Operation Mincemeat?

Colin Firth leads the cast as Naval Intelligence Officer Ewen Montagu. He is joined by Kelly Macdonald as Jean Leslie, Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Cholmondeley, Penelope Wilton as Hester Leggett, Johnny Flynn as James Bond author Ian Fleming, Lorne MacFadyen as Roger Dearborn, and Jason Isaacs as Naval Officer John Godfrey.

The film also stars the late Paul Ritter (best known for Friday Night Dinner) as physician and barrister Bentley Purchase. This will be his final on-screen role following his death in 2021.

Is there a trailer for Operation Mincemeat?

Yes! You can watch the trailer here... 

Lucy Buglass
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Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

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