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Sam Mendes, director of iconic 90s movie American Beauty and the most recent Bond pictures Skyfall and SPECTRE, is making a film about World War I titled 1917 and today (28th March 2019) cast its first star names.
Oscar winner Colin Firth leads the list of new additions, with fellow Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, BAFTA TV nominee Mark Strong and Golden Globe TV Best Actor nominee Richard Madden set to join him.
Left to right: Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers: Infinity War), Mark Strong (Kingsman II: The Secret Service), Richard Madden (‘The Bodyguard’).
Beginning principle photography as early as next week in its central locations of England and Scotland, 1917 will tell the tale of a number of soldiers across a single day during World War I, and will shoot from a script written by Mendes and his writing partner Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Though their roles are yet to be revealed, Firth, Cumberbatch, Strong and Madden will be a part of the movie set to be headlined by the previously announced George MacKay (Pride; Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (‘Game of Thrones’). Andrew Scott (‘Sherlock’), Daniel Mays (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Dad’s Army), Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq have also been cast.
The movie is being brought to the big screen by Dreamworks and Universal Pictures, with Mendes’ label Neal Street Productions producing the project with Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall and Michael Lerman.
The picture is due for release on 25th December 2019.