Mirren plays British Col. Katherine Powell, the commander of a top secret drone operation that spins out of control when the capture of a Kenyan terrorist turns into a targeted assassination—and a young child enters the kill zone.
Pitched as a debate over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare—a slightly worrisome angle, given how poorly didactic war dramas “Lions for Lambs” (2007) and “Rendition” (2007) fared in the midst of the Iraq War—”Eye in the Sky” is directed by Gavin Hood (‘Tsotsi’) and written by Guy Hibbert (‘Prime Suspect’). Producers are Ged Doherty, Colin Firth and David Lancaster.
The film co-stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) as an American pilot with his hand on the trigger thousands of miles away in Nevada, Alan Rickman as a British general, Jeremy Northam, and “Captain Phillips” breakout Barkhad Abdi. Distributor Bleecker Street has slated the film for a limited theatrical release on March 11, 2016.