Director Sam Mendes’ next feature film 1917 will focus on World War I for Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Previously, it was reported that actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are attached for the two leading roles of young British soldiers. 

In October, I revealed at OmegaUnderground that Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049, Sicario) would be working on the film. We’ve now learned some other fantastic crew members joining and location news for the war pic.

HN Entertainment has been able to confirm a bunch of production crew that has been added to the film, which includes Oscar-winning production designer Dennis Gassner. He previously worked with Mendes on Skyfall and Spectre along with the fantastic Denis Villeneuve science fiction film Blade Runner 2049.

They’ve also added supervising art director Niall Moroney (Sherlock Holmes 1-2, Mary Poppins Returns, Hanna, Atonement) and art director Stephen Swain (Star Wars: Episode IX, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story)

We’ve been also able to confirm that filming will take place at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England. 

HN Entertainment recently revealed some details about the film

The two young British soldiers are apparently brothers, Dean expected to be playing the younger of the two.

Also, essentially the female lead (will be supporting) of the film will be a young rural French girl named Lauri, who is hiding during the conflict. She most likely runs into the young men during their trek in Europe. This detail would most certainly confirm that the setting will indeed be France/Belgium as where most of the fighting took place.

Other supporting roles in the film include a handful of military officers.

Production is said to be staring in April and that Universal Pictures is eyeing a release date sometime in December. 


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