The thriller explores the origins of England’s spy organization MI6 going back to its World War I roots. The studio bought Aaron Berg’s script in October.
Cornish collaborated with Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, with the two teaming up again to rewrite Steven Moffat’s script for The Adventures of Tintin. Attack the Block marked his feature directorial debut.
O’Connell’s star has been on the rise since he starred in the U.K. television drama Skins. He currently appears in 300: Rise of an Empire, and will star in Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Unbroken. Universal announced the actor’s involvement in the project in February.