1917 Trailer: A World War I Epic from Skyfall Director Sam Mendes

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for

The trailer itself is incredibly tense and recalls elements of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, with a ticking clock setting the tone, time being of the essence. The key difference being that Dunkirk covered World War II, whereas we’re going back a bit further for this one. The actual combat footage is truly stunning in the way that war movies can often be gorgeous and terrifying, all at the same time. We also get a sense of the central mission, which will see two soldiers with a time-sensitive task that not only involves one of them very personally, but could save the lives of hundreds of men.

Outside of Sam Mendes, whose other credits include the likes of Oscar-winner American Beauty and Road to Perdition, the production didn’t skimp on the talent. George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) will portray the two soldiers at the heart of the story. The rest of the cast includes Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers: Endgame), Richard Madden (Rocketman), Andrew Scott (Fleabag), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Adrian Scarborough (Blunt Talk), Jamie Parker (Valkyrie), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer) and Claire Duburcq, who is making her feature debut.

1917 takes place at the Universal Pictures YouTube channel for yourself.

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