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Spacey to play Churchill

By Albertina Lloyd

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been lined up to play Winston Churchill in a new film.

Captain Of The Gate will chronicle the former prime minister's rise to power as he led Britain during the Second World War.

Spacey is currently starring as another charismatic politician – the scheming Frank Underwood – in the hit US remake of BBC drama House of Cards.

The Oscar-winning actor is now set to star as Churchill in the biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ben Kaplan, whose previous credits include a TV movie for the History Channel about late US president Ronald Reagan, has written the screenplay.

Spacey (54) is due to step down from his position as artistic director of The Old Vic in London next year, but will perform in a one-man show at the theatre which begins previews in May.

Churchill, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, was prime minister during the period 1940-45 and again from 1951 to 55.

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