The majority of war drama films focus on men serving their country in battle. In a refreshing change to the genre, ”A Call to Spy” puts women in the spotlight. The film focuses on the start of World War II, with Britain becoming increasingly desperate. Churchill starts up a new spy agency that solely recruits female candidates. Based on a true story, “A Call to Spy” follows two of those candidates named Virginia Hall and Noor Inayat Khan as they work together to undermine a Nazi regime in France.
Here’s the official synopsis for “A Call to Spy:”
In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency–SOE– to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic of CASTLE), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas of EQUITY), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte of SACRED GAMES), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories, this original screenplay draws on SOE, OSS, and CIA files. This is the untold story about the personal sacrifice of courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to fight for freedom.
Linus Roache (“Batman Begins”) and Rossif Sutherland (“River”) join Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, and Radhika Apte in the cast of “A Call to Spy.” In addition to the predominantly female-led cast, women dominate the movie behind the camera as well. “A Call to Spy” is directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“Radium Girls”). Thomas wears multiple hats, as an actress, writer, and producer on the film.
“A Call to Spy” drops in theaters and VOD on October 2. Take a look at the new trailer below.