‘Churchill’ Trailer: Our First Look at One of the Winston Churchill Movies Coming Out This Year
Your high school world history teacher’s favorite impression is about to star in not one, but two movies coming out in 2017. The life and legacy of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is fascinating territory, and it’s no wonder that both Lionsgate and Universal have hopped on the opportunity. The new international trailer for Lionsgate and Cohen Media Group’s Churchill, starring Brain Cox as “our greatest Briton,” sees the harrowing weeks before D-Day, when American and British forces stormed the beaches of France in an attempt to win the war that had a 50/50 chance of actually working out.
Brian Cox doubles down on the accent and bullish visage of our British friend, who was initially opposed to the invasion of France because of his disastrous mistake commanding the British armies at Gallipoli during the First World War. For good reason, he didn’t want to put all his faith into an operation that could see him known forever throughout the rest of history as a catastrophe.
Here’s the movie’s synopsis:
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a million soldiers are secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when over 500,000 soldiers were killed on the beaches of Gallipoli. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he’ll be remembered as the architect of carnage. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse.
2017, oddly, seems to be the year we all revisit World War II — two Churchill movies, plus Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk are coming out in the next few months. I can‘t wait to see how Churchill’s portrayal of the man differs from Gary Oldman’s in Darkest Hour, which is slated for a November release.
Churchill also stars Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, and Ella Purnell, and opens in the U.S. on June 6.