Albert Finney (The Gathering Storm), Michael Gambon (Churchill's Secret), Rod Taylor (Inglourious Basterds), Richard Burton (The Gathering Storm), Simon Ward (Young Winston)... plenty have embodied Winston Churchill's bulldog spirit before. Next to take on the mantle of Britain's great wartime leader is Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) in Churchill. Now Empire magazine have released our latest look at the man himself.
Jonathan Teplitzky's (The Railway Man) drama is set in the 48 hours before the invasion of Europe. The 'standing alone' period of British history was long past, but, as the film records, Churchill's mood had barely brightened. Hence the grim faces all round as he confers with Field Marshal Alan Brooke (Danny Webb) in this shot.
"What we've uncovered flies in the face of public perception," explains Teplitzky. "Many people will be shocked to hear Churchill was in total opposition to D-Day. He feared Operation Overlord would be another Gallipoli."
With James Purefoy (High Rise), Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children) also in the cast, Churchill will be fighting them in the multiplexes in 2017.