Trailer For 1917 Teases Director Sam Mendes’ WWI Epic (VIDEO/IMAGES)

The Great War isn’t explored in as many films as is the bigger war that followed it; that makes director Sam Mendes1917 intriguing enough. The scale on which it’s produced (as seen in this first trailer) piques that interest even more.

The war picture has a quasi-Saving Private Ryan premise to it, but instead of setting out to find and save a brother, a pair of soldiers is given a mission that will help save the British batallion of which one of their brothers is in.

George MacKay (a standout in the 2016 indie Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) co- star as the two young soldiers commisioned by Colin Firth‘s officer. The story follows them over the course of a single day as they rush to deliver the message that could save 1,600 men.

The cast has a deep bench ensemble (although some aren’t seen in this first teaser), including Benedict CumberbatchMark StrongRichard MaddenAndrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag), and Jamie Parker (the adult Harry Potter in the stage prouction of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Many of Mendes’ favorite behind-the-scenes collaboraters are also onboard: cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall), editor Lee Smith (Spectreplus the bulk of Christopher Nolan‘s filmography including Dunkirk), production designer Dennis Gassner (Road to Perdition), and his go-to composer Thomas Newman (American Beauty), along with director Joe Wright‘s favorite costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Oscar winner for Anna Karenina).

Opening in limited release on December 25, 2019, 1917 will go wide on January 10, 2020.

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