Sunday, 29 November 2015

Brian Cox set to star in new Churchill film

With several new Winston Churchill film projects currently in development, news arrives via Screen International that Brian Cox (The Escapist) is set to star in one called Churchill.

Brian Welsh (In Our Name) is in the director's chair for this one, working from a script by historian Alex von Tunzelmann. It will chronicle the tense build up to the D-Day landings, Churchill's leadership role and his more private side in his relationship with wife Clementine. We will meet a man who is tired from the strain of ongoing conflict, and fraught with worry that if the D-Day operation doesn't work, he will be remembered not for his proud legacy as a wartime Prime Minister, but as the man who orchestrated a bloodbath with little result. It is Clementine who helps keep him focused and brings him back from the brink.

Welsh and his producers are close to finding someone to tackle the Clementine role and the cameras should be cranking next spring. This is just the latest script about the man to join the crush, with Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) developing one called Darkest Hour.

Cox has recently worked on horror film The Autopsy Of Jane Doe and crime drama The Jesuit. He will also be seen in The Carer, and looks set to return as Captain O'Hagan for the Super Troopers (2001) sequel which is currently shooting.

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