“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
With the Jonathan Teplitzky-helmed biopic, CHURCHILL poised for a UK and Ireland 16th June 2017 release, Lionsgate has unveiled the film’s first trailer.
Penned by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann, CHURCHILL promises a unique, challenging and intimate portrait of Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days leading up to the June 1944 D-Day landings. As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse and help lead him to greatness.
Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy) will portray the legendary Winston Churchill, supported by an extensive ensemble cast: Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) as the Prime Minister’s beloved wife and confident Clemmie Churchill, John Slattery (Mad Men, Captain America Civil War) as General Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied D-Day operations, and rising star Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tarzan) as Churchill’s secretary
Rounding out the key cast is Richard Durden (Wolf Hall, From Paris With Love) as South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Julian Wadham (War Horse, The English Patient) as British military commander Field Marshal Montgomery, James Purefoy (Rome, The Following, High Rise) as King George VI, Danny Webb (Valkyrie, A Little Chaos) as Field Marshal Alan Brooke, George Anton (Marcella, The Sweeney) as Admiral Ramsay and Steve Cree (Brave) as Captain Stagg
Behind the camera, the creative talent includes BAFTA-winning director of photography David Higgs (Red Riding Trilogy: 1983, RocknRolla), costume designer Bart Cariss, (My Name is Lenny, The Night Manager), production designer Chris Roope (War & Peace, Nativity), make-up & hair designer Cate Hall (The Man Who Knew Infinity, Spooks: The Greater Good), editor Chris Gill (28 Days Later, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and composer Lorne Balfe (The LEGO Batman Movie, Marcella).
CHURCHILL is slated to release in cinemas across the UK and Ireland this coming June 16, 2017, and in the meanwhile, we’ll leave you with the first look trailer for the film…