British director Guy Ritchie has been feverishly working since his big Disney film Aladdin from 2019 earned over a billion dollars at the global box office and has allowed him to rollout a string of movies since that certainly speak towards the filmmaker’s love for crime and action. Ritchie is now about to begin production on a period action film, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, about the formation of the first British commando unit during World War II that executed various deadly missions behind enemy lines and with limited supplies/man-power.
Filming on Ministry is expected to kick-off on February 13 and Deadline has revealed some new additions to the cast. The film’s previously announced leads Henry Cavill and Eiza González will now be joined by actors such as Alan Ritchson, Henry Golding, Henrique Zaga, Alex Pettyfer, Cary Elwes. Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Babs Olusanmokun, and Til Schweiger.
Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Arash Amel, and Ritchie penned the script which is based on war correspondent and military historian Damien Lewis’ novel of the same name. One of the more interesting people involved with Ministry is mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer being attached after the billion-dollar success of Top Gun: Maverick.
This wasn’t the first time he’s attempted making films set during WWII. Once upon a time, Ritchie was attached to tackle a Sgt. Rock movie based on the DC Comics character and a remake of The Dirty Dozen but both of those WWII projects dissolved. It’ll be curious to see what the tone of the project will be as the series SAS Rogue Heroes (sort of mirrors Ministry) has a bit of edge/cheekiness to it, but the trailer for Ritchie’s upcoming military thriller The Covenant set in Afghanistan starring Jake Gyllenhaal gives the impression the director is taking this real-life subject matter a tad more seriously than with his other films that have been notably comedic.