Content has taken world rights to MI5/terrorism drama Complicit directed by Niall MacCormick (Albatross).

The feature film was commissioned by Channel 4 and will have its UK premiere on the channel before a worldwide theatrical release.

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The project starts shooting today on location in London and Morocco with David Oyelowo (The Paperboy) leading the cast.

The story, written by Guy Hibbert, is about the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror. An MI5 agent becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK.

The cast also includes Arsher Ali, Stephen Campbell Moore, Makram Khoury, and Monica Dolan.

Jolyon Symonds and Kevin Toolis produce for Manyriversfilms, with Channel 4’s Roberto Troni and Hibbert executive producing.

“We are thrilled to be commencing principal photography on Complicit. It is a privilege to be bringing Guy Hibbert’s complex, thought provoking and hard-hitting script to the screen.  That we are able to tackle such a controversial subject in this way is testimony to Channel 4’s ambition and commitment to distinctive drama,” said Jolyon Symonds.

“In Edward Ekubo, Guy Hibbert has gifted me with a character that is at once assured yet fearful, introverted and yet ever watchful. A spy who struggles to find his place in the World and yet is prepared to sacrifice himself for it,” said Oyelowo.