Keira Knightley is Iraq War whistleblower in first trailer for Official Secrets

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Keira Knightley gives a glimpse at her determined performance as a political whistleblower in the first trailer for new star-studded thriller Official Secrets.

The political drama sees Knightley play Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) translator Katharine Gun, who in 2003 leaked a classified email that urged spying on members of the UN Security Council to push the Iraq War, putting her life on the line.

The trailer for the film, directed by Eye In The Sky filmmaker Gavin Hood, sees Knightley joined by a British cast including Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith and Matthew Goode.

In one snippet in the dramatic trailer, Knightley’s Gun responds to claims that she is a spy working for the British Government.

She says: “No, I work for the British people; I do not collect information so that the Government can lie to the British people.”

She is seen becoming infuriated with Tony Blair, who is shown through old news clips, before discovering an email by a US National Security Agency official.

Gun put her life and career on the line to leak the email, which called for British help to bug the homes and offices in New York belonging to United Nations diplomats from six countries whose support over the invasion of Iraq would be vital.

The email became front page news on a national newspaper, and Gun was charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act.

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Matt Smith in Official Secrets (eOne)

The film follows the story as Gun and her lawyers set out to defend her actions.

Smith and Goode play journalists and Fiennes portrays Ben Emmerson, Gun’s legal representation.

Official Secrets, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is set for release in UK cinemas on October 18.