First Look: Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman As Churchill

Focus Features and Working Title Films have unveiled the first look at Joe Wright’s biopic Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as a steadfast Winston Churchill facing down the menace of fascism in Europe.

The rest of the impressive cast includes John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, whom Churchill succeeded as the first elected Prime Minister of the U.K., Lily James as Churchill’s personal secretary, Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife Clementine.

Scripted by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), Darkest Hour is scheduled to open Nov. 24, 2017. Check out the first look (via Daily Mail) and synopsis below. The 58-year-old star appeared to have piled on the pounds for his wartime leader role.

Gary Oldman As Winston Churchill

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill 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.