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Oscar Isaac to Star in World War II Thriller ‘The Garbo Network’

Variety logo Variety 2/10/2017 Dave McNary
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Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival.

Isaac played the character Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The script for “The Garbo Network” was written by William Wheeler and will be produced by Cooper, Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire, and Isaac. Cooper will be in Berlin for the premiere of Storyscape’s “Maudie” and will be meeting with buyers.

The film is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who, with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy. His real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5, he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland. The ruse helped the English to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Normandy.

Garcia is the only man in the history of World War II to receive distinguished medals of honor from opposing sides: the German Iron Cross and the Member of the Order of the British Empire.

“Juan Pujol Garcia is unlike any character we’ve seen on film – he’s a chameleon and a master manipulator, deeply haunted by his past, with an unreadable agenda… and his actions have world-changing consequences,” Cooper said.

Storyscape is also producing Michael Fassbender’s “Entering Hades,”  which is set up at Broad Green, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “War Magician,” which is set up at Studio Canal.

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