The first trailer has been released for wartime drama Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the eponymous prime minister. Set in the run up to the D-Day landings in 1944, it looks at Winston Churchill as he grapples with both power and age. It also focuses on a fractious period with future US president General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery). Take a look at the trailer below –
Filmed across Scotland, it also stars Miranda Richardson as Clementine Churchill and Ella Purnell as Churchill’s secretary. The director is Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and it’s written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann.
Churchill is due to be released 2 June 2017. It won’t be alone either – the Second World War is getting quite the cinematic treatment this year, with a particular emphasis in the man who became the figurehead of the country. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, starring Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, will be released 21 July 2017, whilst Gary Oldman also takes on the role of Churchill in Darkest Hour, due to come out 24 November 2017.
In a time of our own political unrest, cinema appears to be reflecting on one of the biggest wars in recent history – what will be interesting is how all these various screen treatments handle their approach.