The latest movie from Atonement and Hanna director Joe Wright, the period drama Darkest Hour, will drop its first trailer tomorrow, July 13th, 2017.
Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, who shortly after rising to the office of prime minister is faced with choosing between negotiating with the Nazis or standing up to their dawning threat, this on the heels of Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous (at least in the eyes of history) decision to sit down with Hitler at Munich. Oldman underwent extensive prosthetic make-up work to transform into Churchill, and is considered an early favorite to receive Academy Award consideration.
On the movie’s Twitter account, it has been announced that we will get a first look at Oldman’s potentially Oscar-worthy performance as Churchill when the movie drops its first trailer tomorrow. Joe Wright has become something of a master of period drama throughout his career, tackling the literary properties Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, and now Darkest Hour which was shot from a screenplay that was originally picked up by Working Title as a spec script written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything).
All eyes will be on Gary Oldman as footage from Darkest Hour begins making its way onto the internet. Despite a very distinguished career filled with memorable performances, Oldman has been nominated for just one Oscar (for his performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and has never won either an Oscar or a Golden Globe. Many are thinking this could be Oldman’s year to score a gold statue or two, considering the role he’s playing, the talent he’s bringing to the role and the way he appears to have completely disappeared into the role. Joe Wright as a director has himself never been nominated for an Oscar, but his period films have been major players in awards season, with Atonement scoring seven nominations including one for Best Picture. If Oldman wants the Oscar nod, he may have to beat Brian Cox who earlier this year himself played Winston Churchill in the drama Churchill.
For Wright, Darkest Hour represents a return to the relative safety of period drama after his critically-panned and audience-rejected foray into family-friendly fantasy-adventure with the movie Pan, a film that is now remembered mainly for sparking a whitewashing controversy with the casting of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. It’s believed that the failure of Pan cost Wright the chance to direct the Julius Caesar biopic Emperor for Lionsgate.
With a release date at the end of November, Working Title and Focus Features are clearly expecting Darkest Hour to be a major awards season player. The movie also stars Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ronald Pickup.
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