Sam Mendes’ War Drama ‘1917’ Lands Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and More

As reported on by The Wrap, the World War l drama adds another slate of actors to its cast. Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, and Mark Strong have been cast in director Sam Mendes’ film “1917.”

Doctor Strange himself suits up to be cast in the upcoming war drama. Cumberbatch has just been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for his performance in the Showtime/ Sky Atlantic drama “Patrick Melrose.” Oscar winner Colin Firth is just out of production from the Marc Munden-directed “The Secret Garden” in England. Firth was also seen last in last year’s Oscar-nominated “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Richard Madden’s presence is best known from hit projects like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the BAFTA-nominated “Bodyguard.” Cast member Mark Strong can be seen as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in DC’s “Shazam” which releases April 5. Strong has also finished filming on the upcoming Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”

What has been revealed of Mendes’ plot so far is that it follows two soldiers during the war in 1917. Mendes is writing the script alongside Krysty Wilson- Cairns who has worked on the show “Penny Dreadful.” Cairns is also slated to help co-write Mendes’ already announced next project, “The Voyeur’s Motel.” 

Mendes’ previous films include “Skyfall,” “Jarhead,” “Road to Perdition,  and his multiple Oscar-winning “American Beauty,” which garnered him a Best Director win and a Best Cinematography win for Conrad L. Hall.

The new additions to the cast will be in the company of Dean-Charles Chapman, Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, Adrian Scarborough, and Nabhaan Rizwan.

“1917” is produced by Neal Street Productions and Amblin Partners and will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Production will begin April 1 en route for a December 2019 release.

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