Lionsgate UK has released the official trailer for Journey’s End, an upcoming war drama starring Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield and Paul Bettany.
Set in the front-line trenches in France during the First World War, Journey’s End tells of the men of C-company, led by a shellshocked, deeply affected Captain Stanhope (Claflin). A new young officer (Butterfield) arrives, excited at his first real posting and keen to catch up with Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. The German offensive is imminent. The men wait for the inevitable.
This adaptation of the acclaimed 1928 play by army officer turned playwright R. C. Sherriff marks the latest film from director Saul Dibb, whose credits include period dramas The Duchess and Suite Française. It looks like a potent, emotional war picture, and the early reviews shown off in the trailer certainly suggest as much.
Journey’s End, also starring Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge and Toby Jones, will open in UK cinemas on February 2.
Official synopsis for Journey’s End:
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer…