Composer Thomas Newman (American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, 1917, Skyfall) is reuniting with director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Proof) on the upcoming war drama Operation Mincemeat. The film starring Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn & Jason Isaacs is based on the book of the same name by Ben Macintyre and takes place in 1943 when the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on Fortress Europe. The movie follows two intelligence officers as they concoct a disinformation strategy, aimed at preventing their massive invasion force from being massacred by German soldiers and planes when they touch down on the continent. Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex) wrote the screenplay. Charles S. Cohen (The Insult), Iain Canning & Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech, Lion, Widows) and Kris Thykier (Kick-Ass, Woman in Gold) are producing the See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production. Newman has previously collaborated with Madden on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, as well as on 2011’s The Debt. Operation Mincemeat is expected to premiere this year.

Newman’s other recent projects include John Lee Hancock’s The Little Things, which will be released in select theaters and on HBO Max on January 29.