Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill Film Slated for 2017 Release

Gary Oldman As Churchill

Focus Features has revealed that the company is teaming up with Working Title Films for Joe Wright‘s Winston Churchill project, Darkest Hour, and will release the film domestically on November 24, 2017 in the U.S.

Universal Pictures International (UPI) is handling international distribution, beginning with the U.K. on December 29, 2017. Production on Wright’s film is set to begin this fall.

Gary Oldman has been attached to play the former prime minister of the United Kingdom since April. Rounding out the cast alongside Oldman are Ben Mendelsohn as the “skeptical” King George VI, John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, the prime minister before Churchill, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, the prime minister’s wife and Lily James as Churchill’s secretary.

Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) penned the script and is producing the film. Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

Let this be a comeback of sorts for Oldman, who seems to be barely in movies anymore.

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