Magazine article Screen International

Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill Biopic Sets Starry Cast, Release Dates

Magazine article Screen International

Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill Biopic Sets Starry Cast, Release Dates

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Focus Features is joining Working Title production Darkest Hour, from director Joe Wright, and has set a November 2017 release date for the prestige project.

Gary Oldman will star as Churchill in the biopic which will chart the story of the early days of Churchill's premiership when he had to decide between a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for his ideals in the face of a host of pressures.

Joining Oldman are John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, whom Churchill succeeded as Prime Minister; Lily James (Cinderella) as Churchill's personal secretary; Golden Globe Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI; and Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill's wife, Clementine.

Production on Darkest Hour is set to begin this fall.

Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film and will release in the US on November 24th, 2017 in the US and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the UK on December 29th, 2017. …

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