Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson star in “The Great Escaper”

Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson star in "The Great Escaper"

The 87-year-old actor will appear next to the 84-year-old star “A Touch of Class” in the upcoming biographical drama that Pathé will present at this year’s Berlin film market.

‘The Great Escaper’ tells the true story of eighty-year-old Bernard Jordan (Caine) who made a “great escape” from his nursing home in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.

Next to Caine, Jackson will appear as Bernard’s 60-year-old wife, Irene.

The film is directed by BAFTA nominee Oliver Parker based on a script by BAFTA nominee William Ivory and is due to begin with the main photography in June this year.

In a statement, Parker said, “No one can resist a script that makes people laugh and cry. I loved Billy’s writing and the story itself, so inspiring and moving, seemed to speak of our time and our need for heroes on human scale, whether people like Bernard Jordan or our doctors and nurses. And now that Michael and Glenda – two famous actors – agree to honor this story with their brilliance, it’s the cherry on the cake! “

‘The Great Escaper’ is produced by BAFTA nominees Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae and is an Ecosse Films production for Pathé, BBC Film and Ingenious Media.

Executive producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Rose Garnett for BBC Film and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious.

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and conduct sales around the world.

At the time of writing, no further casting announcements have been made, and there is no release date for the feature.

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