Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson to headline The Great Escaper

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Glenda Jackson and Michael Caine are teaming up to tell the true story of a man escaping his care home to join up with his fellow war veterans.

The story of a man trying to escape his care home to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France is being turned into a feature film, it’s been announced.

Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson are to headline The Great Escaper, which is based on the true story from 2014 of Bernard Jordan, when he – spoiler – did indeed give his carers the slip to join up with his fellow war veterans on the beach in Normandy.

Oliver Parker is to direct the film, which has been penned by Made In Dagenham writer William Ivory. Filming on the movie – which is being backed by Pathe – will get underway this coming June.

As Parker said in the official announcement of the project, “No one can resist a script that makes people both laugh and cry – I loved Billy’s writing and the story itself, so inspirational and so moving, seemed to speak to our times and our need for heroes on a human scale, whether people like Bernard Jordan or our doctors and nurses.   And now to have Michael and Glenda – two iconic actors – agree to honour this story with their brilliance, it’s the cherry on the cake!”

Caine will be playing Bernard, and Glenda Jackson will play Irene, his wife of 60 years.

More news on the movie as we hear it.

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