‘1917’ First Trailer: Sam Mendes Directs This WWI Action Thriller

A soldier’s charged with delivering an urgent message to call off an attack in the official trailer for the World War I action epic, 1917. The two-minute trailer warns that time is the enemy as the failure to promptly deliver the order will lead to the death of thousands of men.

The cast is led by George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones). The action thriller also features Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Bodyguard), Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Andrew Scott (Fleabag), and newcomer Claire Duburcq.

The Universal Pictures release was directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (Best Director, American Beauty). Mendes co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). Mendes also produced the drama with Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, and Brian Oliver.

The behind the scenes team includes director of photography Roger Deakins, editor Lee Smith, production designer Dennis Gassner, and costume designer Jacqueline Durran.

The WWI drama arrives in limited release on December 25, 2019 followed by a wide release on January 10, 2020.

The 1917 Plot:

“At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (MacKay) and Blake (Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.”

1917 Film
A scene from ‘1917’ (Photo by Francois Duhamel / Universal Pic © 2019 Universal Pictures and Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC)