Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Has a Release Date and Gary Oldman Has New Co-Stars
The future is looking brighter for Joe Wright fans: After Pan flopped in theaters and was labeled a disaster by critics (one could say it was panned), he directed an upcoming episode of Black Mirror, and how he’s back in the saddle again with Darkest Hour, which has just gotten a release date from Focus Features, along with some new cast members.
According to Deadline, Gary Oldman will play Winston Churchill in the first few days after he becomes the Prime Minister of Britain. In Wright’s film, Churchill will fight against the Nazis and disregard their peace offerings — he didn’t trust Hitler and was trying to get the United States involved in the war effort.
Churchill opposed his predecessor Chamberlain’s openness to appeasing Hitler, and sent troops to the Soviet Union when Hitler invaded instead of agreeing to peaceful terms with the Nazis. Wright’s film, however, will only take place over a few days, chronicling Churchill’s misgivings and doubts as he reaches his final decision.
Here’s the Darkest Hour synopsis that Focus Features released:
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill 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.
John Hurt has also joined the cast to play Neville Chamberlain, who held office before Churchill; Lily James will star as Churchill’s secretary Elizabeth Nel; Ben Mendelsohn will play King George VI, and Kristin Scott Thomas will play Churchill’s wife Clementine. Anthony McCarten, who won an Academy Award for his script for The Theory of Everything, wrote the script for Darkest Hour and is also producing.
Focus Features has announced that Darkest Hour will be in theaters November 24, 2017.