‘Tenet’ actress Elizabeth Debicki has signed up to star in and executive produce the World War II limited series ‘Code Name Hélène’.

Based on New York Times bestselling author Ariel Lawhon’s World War II spy thriller, the story follows the epic real-life story of Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, a New Zealand-born journalist who became a ferociously brave spy and one of the most powerful leaders of the French Resistance. The series is said to interweave between timelines following each of the four code names used by Nancy during World War II.

“Nancy Wake was an astonishing New Zealand-born, Australian-bred woman of incredible courage, ingenuity and wit. Her heroic actions during WWII are, in my opinion, too little known,” said Debicki. “As an Australian, I am delighted to come on board this production as both actress and executive producer to tell her utterly unique story.”

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Ariel Lawhon’s novel was published in March 2020 and the TV rights were quickly snapped by the makers behind ‘True Detective’ and ‘The Revenant’, Vendôme Group and Anonymous Content.

Debicki can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan’s “cinema saver” ‘Tenet’ which was released this week. She also recently signed up to star in Netflix series ‘The Crown’ in which she will take on the role of Princess Diana.