Friday, 20 January 2017

Stephen Dillane joins Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour

You may have recently seen, and been impressed by, the image of Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as he will look playing Winston Churchill in World War II drama Darkest Hour. As Joe Wright kicks off shooting on the film, news arrives via Deadline that he has added Game Of Thrones' Stephen Dillane to the cast.

The film, written by Anthony McCarten ( The Theory Of Everything), traces the early days of Churchill's time as prime minister, when he faced a tough choice between a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany or standing his ground and fighting in the face of huge opposition, going on to victory and many memorable speeches.

Dillane joins a cast that also includes Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as King George VI, Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) as Churchill's stalwart wife Clementine, Clementine, John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Neville Chamberlain, the man Churchill succeeded and Lily James (Cinderella), playing his personal secretary, Elizabeth Nel.

With Working Title and Focus Features backing this one, Darkest Hour will land in US cinemas on 24 November, before making its way to our beaches (and cinemas) on 29 December.

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