Oscar Isaac (‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Ex Machina’) has closed a deal to take the lead in the World War II thriller, playing possibly the most successful double agent in history, Juan Pujol Garcia.
The William Wheeler-scripted project is based on the true story of the eccentric Barcelona-born double agent who, with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy.
Garcia’s real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5 under the codename “Garbo,” he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland. Using the network of made-up agents, Garcia successfully deceived the Germans about the June 1944 Normandy landings.
The Spaniard is the only man in the history of WWII to receive distinguished Medals of Honor from opposing sides: the German Iron Cross and the Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Oscar, has also signed on as producer, alongside Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire. The team will now begin the search for a director.