Sam Mendes WW1 movie cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, and more join WW1 drama 1917

Sam Mendes may be best known for his Oscar-winning picture American Beauty. But the director has also worked on two Bond films and The Road to Perdition. Now Mendes is refocussing his directing talent on the past with 1917, a movie about World War One.

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When is 1917 out in cinemas?

1917 has a US release date of December 25, 2019.

Fans in the UK will have to wait for the new year, with January 10, 2020, the film’s release date.

Germany and the Netherlands also have release dates scheduled for January 9 and January 16 respectively.

Rumour has it the movie will start shooting on April 1 across multiple locations in England.

What is the plot of 1917?

The plot details known so far are slim, but given the historical context, some intuitive guesses can be made.

What we do know is the film follows two young British soldiers on a single day during the height of World War One.

If this rings familiar, you’re not alone – Dunkirk likewise took place over a concise period of time but focussed on World War Two.

As more details are released, an official plot synopsis will likely make its way online.

Who is in the cast of 1917?

The two soldiers had been previously announced as George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones).

1917 will also feature a Sherlock reunion, with Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch joining the cast.

Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq are all playing undisclosed roles.

Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Richard Madden have all been announced today as part of the 1917 cast.

Is there a trailer for 1917?

No, we are still a long way away from a trailer as filming has yet to begin.

Mendes co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful).

With a star-studded cast, anticipation for the trailer is running high.

1917 is out in cinemas on January 10, 2020.

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