New ‘1917’ Trailer Shows Off an Impressive-Looking War Epic



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This one’s high on our ‘can’t wait’ list.

A big new trailer has arrived for 1917, the upcoming war drama from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall). It boasts quite a lot of new footage; footage that is promising a war pic that will at the very least ace it on the visual front. Indeed, if you have the maestro that is cinematographer Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner 2049) behind the lens, it’s going to look stunning.



The film is set during WWI and follows two young soldiers – played by George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Blake Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Throne) – that are sent on a journey behind enemy lines to deliver a message that could not only save their brother, but an entire battalion on the unforgiving fields of war.

Mendes and his creative team are aiming for a tangible feeling of urgency with this one, and they’re going to make this look like one long shot to do so. Yep, it’s going to look like one long take, in real time, and you can get a taste of what that meant for the production in THIS great behind-the-scenes featurette that was released a few days ago.

We can’t wait for this. 1917, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, and Andrew Scott, among others, arrives in Australian cinemas on January 16, 2020. In the US, the film will have a limited theatrical run beginning on Christmas before getting a wide release on January 10, 2020.

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).

The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures.

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