Thanks to Focus Features, we now have our first look at their upcoming historical drama Darkest Hour. The film was scribed by The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, Pan), and stars Gary Oldman as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The story begins on the eve of World War II and follows Churchill as he’s not only given the honor of Prime Minister, but makes a push for England to stand up and enter the war against Nazi Germany rather than negotiate a treaty.
This is truly a fantastic first trailer. I haven’t seen most of Wright’s work, but going off of both Hanna and Pan, it’s clear Wright always has a different and interesting way to tell whichever story he’s doing next. And that could be a massive game-changer for Darkest Hour. Rather than be a paint-by-the-numbers biopic honoring the legacy of Churchill, Wright is bleeding much more in the realm of historical drama, not holding back and elevating the film cinematically.
While that’s the case, this film looks like it won’t work without Oldman. He is absolutely unrecognizable as the Prime Minister. Churchill had to work incredibly hard to convince an entire country to do the right thing, and Oldman looks to have captured that almost perfectly. Basically, I can’t wait to see this film.
Watch the first trailer below and after doing so, let me know what you think in the comments. Is this something you’re interested in? How does Oldman’s performance look to you? Wright’s Darkest Hour will be released on November 22nd, 2017 and stars Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn.
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.