Sir Michael Caine, 89, and Glenda Jackson, 86, reunite on screen again for new drama The Great Escaper… nearly five decades after they last played a married couple
Sir Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson are reunited on screen for their new film The Great Escaper.
It comes 47 years after the movie legends last starred side by side, playing a married couple in Joseph Losey’s 1975 romantic drama The Romantic Englishman.
And nearly five decades later, Michael, 89, and Glenda, 86, will play husband and wife again in the new version – which is based on true events.
Back together: Sir Michael Caine, 89, and Glenda Jackson, 86, reunite on screen again for new drama The Great Escaper
Ipcress File actor Michael will play WWII veteran Bernard Jordan – who will escape the confinements of his retirement home to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France
While his 48-hour adventure will mark the culmination of his 60-year marriage to his wife René (Jackson).
Based on real events from 2014, the real story saw veteran Bernard found safe and sound in France after his escape.
A long time ago when: This comes 47 years after cinema legends last starred side by side, playing a married couple in Joseph Losey’s 1975 romantic drama The Romantic Englishman (pictured in the 1975 film )
Icons: After the performances of Michael (pictured left in 1965) and Glenda (pictured right in 1972) in The Romantic Englishman, the couple’s respective careers both skyrocketed – marking their place in British film history
The film’s BAFTA-nominated director Oliver Parker described its screenplay, written by William Ivory, as one that will “make people laugh and cry”.
‘No one can resist a script that makes you both laugh and cry – I loved Billy’s writing and the story itself, so inspiring and moving; that Michael and Glenda – two emblematic actors – agree to honor this story with their brilliance, it’s the icing on the cake!’ explained the director.
Following Michael and Glenda’s performances in The Romantic Englishman, the couple’s respective careers both skyrocketed, marking their place in British film history.
And 47 years later, Michael is a two-time Oscar winner and six-time nominee, with Glenda also boasting two Oscars and four nominations.
But suffering from recent health issues at the start of this year, Michael explained: “I have a spinal problem which affects my leg so I can’t walk very well.”
While his wife Shakira confirmed in May that Michael underwent major surgery at a London hospital.
“He had back surgery quite recently,” she told the Daily Mail at the opening of Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection, at Bonhams auction house. “He had spinal stenosis.”
She described her husband as a ‘strong man’ as she confirmed he was doing ‘very well’ and was ‘recovering’ after the operation.
Health issues: Michael has recently suffered from health issues, with his wife Shakira confirming in May that Michael underwent major surgery in a London hospital – but has now recovered (Michael and wife Shakira pictured in 2021 )