Kevin Spacey will portray former UK prime minister Winston Churchill in Captain of the Gate, a new biopic from Sierra/Affinity. It would capture his time during World War II and his opposition to Adolf Hitler. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that StudioCanal may come aboard to help produce.
Ben Kaplan has been hired to write the screenplay. He has previous experience writing television documentaries about World War II and Vietnam. No director is yet attached.
Churchill won’t be the first historical figure Spacey has tackled. He’s played the lawyer Clarence Darrow, the singer Bobby Darin, and the fundraiser Jack Abramoff. Meanwhile, Spacey’s Netflix series House of Cards has been picked for a third season, and he’s also reprising his role as Dave Harken in Horrible Bosses 2.