First Trailer for TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Arrives


Lionsgate UK has released the first trailer for Testament of Youth, a coming-of-age love saga based on Vera Brittain’s iconic WWI memoir of the same name.

The BBC Films production on a Great War-era character piece begun a few short months ago, but the trailer has been done already.

Alicia Vikander, a Swedish-born, 25-year-old former ballet dancer, portrays the iconic feminist and pacifist, Vera, and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington plays Roland Leighton, her fiancé.

The all-star English cast also includes Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.

This compelling period drama marks James Kent’s feature directorial debut, but might be a good contender for the BFI London Film Festival.

The film is reportedly set to be released in the UK on January 2nd, 2015. Still no word yet on a US release date, but hopefully it will hit stateside before too long.

Take a look at the trailer below.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is a searing story of love and war. Based on the classic First World War memoir, this is the incredible true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.

Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her fiancé, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.