The 1917 trailer is for the first film by director Sam Mendes since his Bond double whammy Skyfall followed by Spectre and pretty impressive it looks too.
Starring up and coming actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman who head up an extremely impressive British cast that includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden (a possible Bond contender) and Andrew Scott who all feature in the 1917 trailer. The behind the camera team is equally impressive with brilliant Oscar winning DoP Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), edited by Lee Smith (“Dunkirk”) and composed by Thomas Newman (“American Beauty”).
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake 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.
Filming began on April 1, 2019, and continued through June 2019 in Wiltshire, Hankley Common and Govan, Scotland, as well as Shepperton Studios. Concern was raised over the planned filming on Salisbury Plain by conservationists who felt the production could disturb potentially undiscovered remains in the area, requesting a survey be conducted before any construction for sets begin on the land. Sections of the film were shot in and around Low Force, on the River Tees, Teesdale in June 2019. The production staff had to install signs warning walkers in the area not be alarmed by the bodies strewn around the site as they were prosthetic.
There are rumours that 1917 has been shot as though it will be one long continuous which Mendes has form for doing most notably in the opening Mexican Day of the Dead Festival at the start of Spectre (although it actually is several shots cleverly cut together).
Universal Pictures will release the project on December 25th in the US and on 10th January 2020 in the UK. Oscar contender?
Here’s the 1917 trailer……..