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DARKEST HOUR, a Winston Churchill story


Drama and politics awaits in the first trailer for the forthcoming Winston Churchill's biopic Darkest Hour.

Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna) and scripted by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), Darkest Hour follows Churchill immediately after his appointment as Prime Minister, as he agonises over whether or not to explore a negotiated peace treaty with the looming force of Nazi Germany. Gary Oldman stars as Churchill, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing his wife Clementine, and Ben Mendelsohn appearing as King George VI. Baby Driver's Lily James and Rogue One villain Ben Mendelsohn co-star.

The film is the second major production this year to portray the life and times of Winston Churchill. Last month saw the release of Churchill, an account of the war leader’s actions in the build-up to D-Day, with Brian Cox in the lead role. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called the film “a new sentimental/picturesque addition to the cult of Winston”, and “more interesting than it could have been”. (via The Guardian)

"Churchill is one of the 20th century’s most important figures, a man built on contradictions that make him worthy of discussion, examination, and even some controversy to this day. The former army officer famously conducted much of his business from bed while indulging a frequently unhealthy lifestyle – not a model politician, but certainly one who got the job done. He’s become one of history’s “great men,” a figure who looms larger than life and whose many flaws are often shuffled to the background to preserve a more inspiring image." (Slashfilm)

Darkest Hour is released in US cinemas on 22 November and UK cinemas on 12 January 2018.

Check out the trailer below.

Official synopsis reads:

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

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