Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has started to shoot in the U.K. Production company Working Title Films and distributor Focus Features have revealed details of the behind-the-camera talent, many of whom are Oscar winners or nominees.
The creative team includes costume designer Jacqueline Durran, an Academy Award winner for her work on Wright’s “Anna Karenina”; production designer Sarah Greenwood, who has received Oscar nominations for three previous movies directed by Wright (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”); and composer Dario Marianelli, an Oscar winner for scoring Wright’s “Atonement.”
Also on the production team are director of photography Bruno Delbonnel, a four-time Oscar nominee; editor Valerio Bonelli (“Florence Foster Jenkins”); make-up and hair designer Ivana Primorac, who has collaborated with Wright on four previous movies including “Hanna”; and two-time Academy Award nominee Kazuhiro Tsuji, who will be prosthetics designer on “Darkest Hour.”
The original screenplay is by Anthony McCarten, an Academy Award nominee and BAFTA award winner as screenwriter of Focus and Working Title’s “The Theory of Everything.”
“Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation,” according to a statement. “As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.”
McCarten and Lisa Bruce are producing “Darkest Hour” with Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Douglas Urbanski (“Nil by Mouth”), reteaming with Focus and Working Title following “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” for which Oldman was a best actor Oscar nominee.
Joining Oldman in the cast are Stephen Dillane, John Hurt, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Focus, which holds worldwide rights to the pic, will release it in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2017, and Universal Pictures Intl. will distribute the film globally, beginning with the U.K. on Dec. 29, 2017.