Variety is reporting that Dominic Cooper (‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ ‘The Devil’s Double’) has landed the role of Ian Fleming in a four-part biopic of the James Bond creator for Sky Atlantic.
The mini-series, provisionally entitled ‘Fleming,’ will be set during WWII when the maverick and hedonistic Fleming was hired by British Naval intelligence as part of its undercover campaign against the Nazis, after his careers as a banker and stockbroker failed. It was these experiences – travelling the world and masterminding real life top-secret operations – that inspired the author to create Britain’s greatest superspy.
“Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him has to be every actor’s dream,” said Cooper.
Mat Whitecross (‘The Road to Guantanamo’) is directing from a script by John Brownlow and Don Macpherson. Whitecross replaces Duncan Jones (‘Source Code,’ ‘Moon’) who was previously linked to the project.
Filming will take place in the UK and in Budapest with ‘Fleming’ to air on Sky Atlantic later this year.