London, Sept 27 : Veteran actress Dame Helen Mirren is set to play an undercover Israeli agent in Miramax Films' next venture.
The 63-year-old actress has again teamed up with the producers of 'The Queen' to play a guilt-ridden Israeli Nazi hunter given the chance to redeem herself after 30 years of lies.
Mirren would play Rachel Singer, a Mossad agent who lies about killing a Nazi war criminal in the 1960s. She is forced to return to work when her alleged victim reappears three decades later.
Director John Madden, of 'Shakespeare in Love' fame, said that Mirren was perfect for the role, which he described as "a national celebrity and retired Mossad agent, a formidable and dignified woman grappling with years of emotional disappointment, suddenly confronted by a powerful and unexpected choice.
"The film is about three Mossad agents who are sent into East Berlin in the 1960s to extract a man known as the 'Surgeon of Birkenau' who is masquerading as a real doctor. The capture goes wrong and, 30 years later, Mirren's character is sent back to do the job again," the Independent quoted Kris Thykier, film's co-producer, as saying.
The filming will begin next year in Israel, Germany and Britain.