Jennifer Armstrong
May 19, 2009 AT 05:00 PM EDT

Colin Firth and Kevin Spacey are attached to star in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s Catalonia directed by Hugh Hudson, Variety reports. Bob Ellis will write the screenplay, based on Orwell’s book about his own trip with his wife, Eileen, to Barcelona to fight Stalinism. Orwell joined the Anarchist Brigade and fought in the Spanish Civil War under charismatic commander Georges Kopp.

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