Riding a wave of critical acclaim from the Toronto International Film Festival, director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is headed to theaters right in the midst of awards season, with Gary Oldman’s unrecognizable turn as Winston Churchill earmarked as a huge contender for the Best Actor race.
Focus Features has unveiled a new trailer for the historical drama, which you can check out below.
Oldman looks to be in rare form here, and the makeup team deserves tremendous credit for transforming the veteran actor into the iconic Prime Minister. Expect plenty of powerful monologues delivered by one of the best performers in the industry, complemented by a supporting cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane and Ben Mendelsohn
Darkest Hour will open in theaters on November 22.
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) 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. 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.