A new press release via Deadline from DreamWorks and Universal Pictures on their upcoming WWI movie titled 1917 from director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) reveals a whole batch of new casting additions and confirms some of my previous reporting on the production team.
Joining previously announced cast members George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman will be Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Zero Dark Thirty), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, The Bodyguard), Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock), Colin Firth (King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War), Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan, Rizwan, and Claire Duburcq.
Also, the release confirms my previously reporting that cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall) and production designer Dennis Gassner (Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall) would be working on the film.
Adding that production will begin on April 1st in England and Scotland.
HN Entertainment previously confirmed filming will be taking place at Shepperton Studios.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but it’s expected to take place from the perspective of two young soldiers played by McKay and Chapman.
It’ll be interesting if we’ll end up getting another melodrama war pic or something a little more grounded like Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Most of the recent World War I and World War II movies have been lacking an intensity you’d want to see in a war film. Then with a film like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, it was all about visuals and action shots sacrificing story and characters to become a technical exercise for an amazing director.
A holiday release is expected for 1917 on December 25th, 2019.