It’s a race against time amid a warzone in the new full-length trailer for Universal Pictures‘ “1917,” directed by Sam Mendes. A recent featurette showed audiences a glimpse into the epic war drama, shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”).
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles 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.
Mendes is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, gaining critical recognition for his features “Spectre,” “Skyfall” and the Best Picture-winning “American Beauty.” Mendes also directed “Road to Perdition” and “Jarhead.” He directs “1917” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“Penny Dreadful”). Deakins, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer, is also on board the film, using his expertise and craft to make the warzones and dirt of the tranches as immersive as can be. Like the featurette mentioned, Mendes is keen on the singular journey of his leading men through the rubbles of war in his upcoming epic.
The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, “Revolutionary Road;” executive producer, “Away We Go”) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, “The Rhythm Section;” associate producer, “Spectre”), Callum McDougall (executive producer, “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Skyfall”) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, “Rocketman;” “Black Swan”).
“1917” is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures.