Michael Caine will star in new British heist film based on a true story

Studio Canal will release their true crime film King of Thieves on February 28.

The film brings together an ensemble cast that includes Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone.

KING OF THIEVES: The incredible true story of the Hatton Garden diamond heist.

KING OF THIEVES: The incredible true story of the Hatton Garden diamond heist.

It is directed by Academy Award winner, James Marsh (Man on Wire, The Theory of Everything) and based on the true story of the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary in 2015.

It has been referred to as the largest burglary in English legal history.

A famous thief in his younger years, widower Brian Reader (Michael Caine), 77 years of age, pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.

The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend.

Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe.

Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money.

When police are called to the scene and investigation starts, the cracks between the misfit gang members begin to show as they row over how to share the goods and become increasingly suspicious of each other.

Meanwhile, the crime has become public knowledge, and a frenzy of speculations begin.

As details about the crime come to light, both the British public and the media are captivated, and the investigation is followed with bated breath around the world until the criminals are eventually captured.

In-Cinemas February 28.

The Gazette in conjunction with Studio Canal have five double passes to King of Thieves to give to readers.

To win, tell us the name of three other heist films that feature Michael Caine.

Be one of the first five folks to email finn.coleman@fairfaxmedia.com.au from 10am on Friday, February 15. 

The tickets allow entry to any cinema screening the film and must be collected from the Gazette office.

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