‘Darkest Hour’ Trailer Transforms Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill

Image credit: Focus Features

The first trailer has dropped for Darkest Hour, the upcoming WWII drama starring Gary Oldman as the Prime Minster of Great Britain, Winston Churchill.

This true story picture takes a look at the difficult period Britain was in when Churchill became prime minister. Within days, Churchill was on a mission to stand up to Nazi Germany, as opposed to negotiating a peace treaty.

You can almost smell Oscar season approaching. Joe Wright, known for Atonement, Hanna, Anna Karenina and Pan, directs what looks like a great depiction of this moment in Britain’s history. Oldman could be on the awards path with a seemingly immersive turn as the influential figure, and he’s backed by a cast that includes Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James and Aussie Ben Mendelsohn. To add further award cred, the screenplay comes from Oscar-nominated The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten.

Darkest Hour will be hitting U.S. cinemas on November 22 and arrives in Australia on January 11, 2018.

Synopsis for Darkest Hour:

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.

Image credit: Focus Features

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