Red Joan trailer: Judi Dench stars as a KGB British spy

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Last year we had Jennifer Lawrence starring as a Russian spy targeting Americans in Red Sparrow, 12 months later we get Red Joan, starring Judi Dench. The story is in fact based on the real life of Melita Norwood, who was once the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Some sources quote her as being "the most important female agent ever recruited by the USSR." Unfortunately, the handful of critics that have seen the film so far have not been too kind - which is a rarity for any Judi Dench film. The first trailer for Red Joan can be seen by hitting play above right now.

In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history… Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan, a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo.

Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. A woman to whom we perhaps all owe our freedom.

Trevor Nunn directs, with the supporting cast featuring Sophie Cookson and Tom Hughes.

Red Joan opens in UK cinemas on April 19th 2019.

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