Sam Mendes’ World War I Film Bulks Up

Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9644013j)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth will be doing the time warp.

The pair have been cast in the forthcoming film by Sam Mendes that will be set amidst World War I.

As the title 1917 indicates, the film will take place during the height of the war and focus on the events of a single day.

The Spectre director also wrote the script for the drama with Krysty Wilson-Cairns and will produce alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners through its DreamWorks Pictures brand.

Captain Fantastic actor, George MacKay, and Dean-Charles Cahapman of Game of Thrones will star as two young British soldiers amongst the cast of Cumberbatch, Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, and Richard Madden.

1917 will start shooting on 1 April in locations in England and Scotland, with a limited release set for 25 December before receiving a wide release two weeks later on 10 January 2020.