Emilia Clarke is set to star as a real-life figure for her next big movie, McCarthy.
The film will take a look at demagogic US senator Joseph McCarthy, who drove the anti-communist doctrine known as McCarthyism, in the US in the 1950s.
It will also explore what drove the lawyer and decorated former US Marine down a path that led to show-trials and venomous populism.
Clarke will take on the role of McCarthy's politically ambitious wife, Jean Kerr.
Michael Shannon from Man of Steel's will play the titular role, Joseph McCarthy.
Also on board are The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane DeHaan as infamous and ruthless young lawyer Roy Cohn, as well as True Dective's Scoot McNairy as friend and colleague Ray Kiermas.
The Painted Bird's Václav Marhoul is set to direct McCarthy, with The Hitman's Bodyguard's Tom O'Connor writing the screenplay, and filming is slated to start in autumn 2022.
"The saga of Joe McCarthy is timeless and the drama behind his rise to power, sobering," producer Zach Studin said (via Deadline). "It is a powerful reminder to us all that truth and facts are the lifeblood of a free and open society.
"Tom's exceptional screenplay, Václav's uncompromising vision and this remarkable ensemble gives the film the necessary foundation to properly explore this chilling and critical chapter of American history."
Meanwhile, Clarke recently addressed her role in Secret Invasion, opening up about the secrecy she has to keep around the project.
"I'm pretty sure we can say it's called Secret Invasion, but I'm already scared," she said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
"The first people I spoke to from Marvel were their security team and I'm convinced there's a man outside my house – there's been a car parked there for a long time – and I swear to god, he's undercover."
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