he cast of Guy Ritchie’s action-packed war movie, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, has significantly expanded ahead of the film’s start of principal photography on February 13. Alan Ritchson (Fast X, Reacher), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, The Butler), Cary Elwes (Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After franchise), Babs Olusanmokun (Dune, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds, Atomic Blonde) and Henrique Zaga (Beyond the Universe) join the previously announced Henry Cavill and Eiza González. Black Bear International arranged the financing for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and is handling worldwide sales on the film which will continue at the European Film Market in Berlin this month.
The film is an outrageous true story about UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s and Ian Fleming’s secret WWII combat organization. This clandestine squad’s unconventional and entirely ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques against the Nazis significantly changed the course of the war and gave birth to the modern Black Ops unit. Ritchie will reimagine the WW2 action adventure into a franchise for modern audiences. The script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Arash Amel and Ritchie is based on war correspondent and military historian Damien Lewis’ best-selling book of the same name. Tamasy and Johnson initiated the project and sold it as a pitch to Bruckheimer and Paramount in 2015.
Hot on the heels of Top Gun: Maverick, which recently earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, legendary super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Bad Boys for Life, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will produce alongside Chad Oman, Ritchie’s producing partner Ivan Atkinson, and John Friedberg for Black Bear International. Executive Producers include Scott Lastaiti, Olga Filipuk, Damien Lewis, and Tamasy and Johnson.