The famed screen actor has another movie in the works (Picture: Getty)
A new image of Sir Michael Caine starring in his latest project, The Great Escaper, has been released to celebrate the cinema icon’s 90th birthday.
Two-time Oscar winner Sir Michael stars alongside Glenda Jackson in the forthcoming movie, which is based on the true story of a Second World War veteran who escapes from his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
The image, released by Pathé in celebration of Sir Michael’s landmark birthday, shows the cockney acting great in character as Bernard Jordan, standing in the foreground adorned with war medals and saluting.
Behind Bernard is a ship with its crew members standing across two decks, all of whom are saluting.
Oscar-winning actress Jackson is set to star as Irene, Bernard’s wife of 60 years.
Sir Michael previously acted alongside actress and former MP Jackson almost five decades ago, in the 1975 romantic comedy The Romantic Englishwoman.
Sir Michael as WW2 veteran Bernard Jordan in The Great Escaper, whose real-life nursing home escape hit the headlines in 2014 (Picture: Pathé/PA)
The Great Escaper, which is due to be released later this year, will explore the true story of Bernard’s escape, which made headlines in 2014.
The on-screen adaptation of Bernard’s story and his determination to join fellow-war veterans on the beach in France to commemorate their fallen comrades will see explorations of love, old age and the effects war has on individuals involved.
The Great Escaper is directed by Oliver Parker, who helmed the 1999 adaptation of An Ideal Husband, with the script by Made in Dagenham writer William Ivory.
Sir Michael caused widespread upset in 2021 after implying he was retiring from acting after the film Best Sellers, his role in which he called his ‘last part’.
The actor has been working since the 1950s, hitting his stride the following decade (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
He explained at the time: ‘I got this alcoholic part and, funnily enough, it has turned out to be my last part, really. Because I haven’t worked for two years and I have a spine problem which affects my legs so I can’t walk very well.
‘And I also wrote a book – a couple of books – which were published and were successful. I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer, which is lovely because, as an actor, you have to get up at half past six in the morning and go to a studio.
‘A writer, you start writing without leaving the bed!’
Asked on Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review to clarify if Best Sellers will be his last film, Sir Michael went on: ‘I think it would be, yeah.
Sir Michael in one of his most iconic films, The Italian Job (Picture: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock)
… And in another, newer favourite, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Picture: Jim Henson Productions/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
‘There haven’t been any offers, obviously, for two years, because nobody’s been making any movies that I’d want to do.
‘Also I’m 88! There’s not exactly scripts pouring out where the leading man is 88! You know?’
Despite Sir Michael’s comments, The Wrap confirmed with his representatives that he was ‘not fully retiring’.
And it looks like he’s certainly had the leading man offers since then, after all.
Beginning his career in the 1940s, Sir Michael has become one of Britain’s best-loved actors, starring in the likes of The Italian Job, The Ipcress File, Educating Rita, the Dark Knight trilogy, and Kingsman, offering him successes over many decades.
The Great Escaper is set for release in UK cinemas later this year.
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