Gary Oldman to play Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’ with Lily James, John Hurt & Kristen Scott Thomas
Veteran actor Gary Oldham is the latest star to be taking on the role of Winston Churchill, in the upcoming World War II film The Darkest Hour, from Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright.
While Oldman doesn’t immediately look like the iconic Prime Minister, his impressive filmography of diverse character roles – ranging from Commissioner Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, to Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone’s JFK, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – has us confident that he’ll give a game-changing portrayal of Churchill.
The Darkest Hour‘s cast has now been confirmed to also include John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, whom Churchill succeeded as Prime Minister, Lily James as Churchill’s personal secretary, Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife Clementine.
The official synopsis for the film explains:
“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.”
Focus Features has set a November 24th 2017 release date for The Darkest Hour.
Gary Oldman can next be seen in The Space Between Us with Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson.