Gary Oldman Commands as Churchill in Second 'Darkest Hour' Trailer

September 28, 2017
Source: YouTube

Darkest Hour

"You have the full weight of the world on your shoulders." Focus Features has debuted the second trailer for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the second film this year about Winston Churchill (the other one is called Churchill starring Brian Cox). This film already played at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to some rave reviews, especially for the lead performance by Gary Oldman under heavy prosthetic as Winston Churchill. The focus in this film is on Churchill's first few days as Prime Minister, deciding whether or not to agree to a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fight back and rally the troops waiting in Dunkirk. The cast includes Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Ronald Pickup, Nicholas Jones, Hannah Steele, and Jeremy Child. This is a slick trailer that ratchets up the intensity and shows how powerful Oldman is as Churchill. I still can't wait to see this.

Here's the second official trailer (+ poster) for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, direct from YouTube:

Darkest Hour Poster

You can still watch the first official trailer for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour here, to see more footage.

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. Darkest Hour is directed by acclaimed Golden Globe-nominated English filmmaker Joe Wright, of the films Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, Hanna, Anna Karenina, and Pan previously. The screenplay is written by Anthony McCarten. Focus Features will release Darkest Hour in select US theaters starting on November 22nd later in the fall. First impression?

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How Oldman has never won an Oscar I will never understand

Tester on Sep 28, 2017


Hopefully he earns what he's due with this performance.

THE_RAW_ on Sep 29, 2017


Yeah, it was an energizing moment in history, but why restaging it is not really clear ...

shiboleth on Sep 28, 2017


Always enjoy a Joe Wright film. They are soapy in the just the right way for me to enjoy.

DAVIDPD on Sep 28, 2017


Always thought Gary Oldman was a great actor, now he proves it.

GonnaDieNow on Sep 28, 2017


I'll see it for Oldman but damn there sure are a lot of Churchill projects.

Xerxexx on Sep 28, 2017


There's little doubt that Oldman's commitment to the character will produce a great performance.

Quanah on Sep 28, 2017


Pretty unrecognizable and realistic.

THE_RAW_ on Sep 29, 2017


So you don't think it will be well-balanced? Showcasing Churchill's flaws and all?

THE_RAW_ on Sep 29, 2017


Do you feel that most historical/political films are propaganda then? Made for putting people on pedestals who aren't necessarily worthy? It's surprising you say this Bo, as you're a military veteran, correct? Who should one submit to, in your opinion?

THE_RAW_ on Sep 29, 2017


Again, apologize for the delay in response as I prefer quality over quick and under thought. First of all, thank you for your service. I'm grateful for all members of the military service regardless of when and where they served. So, again, thank you for putting yourself on the line for your country and countrymen. Secondly, I agree that most political movies are grandstanding the "good parts" and not giving us a well rounded or true look at what happens. That's Hollywood for you. Providing the dramatic and "inspirational" to capitalize profits. I think you stated it very well with "All lies designed to lead men on, of course, and help them forget and/or deny their fears." Thirdly, you have an interesting perspective regarding who one should submit to. But I completely agree with you saying "Most stay that way through their entire lives never questioning their programming and indoctrination by whatever culture they are a part of." I think the U.S. is suffering from that mentality, currently. Very siloed thinking on both sides. No compromising, no meeting half way. It's divisive and leading to what I may fear could turn into a class and (possibly racial) civil war. AGAIN. I was brought up a certain way and when I left home, I went away from those beliefs. I had experiences, met people, did things and found my way. They don't align with what I was brought up with, because I discovered it was flawed. And I have no psychology or books to base this off of. It's just my own experiences and conclusions. The human condition is one of the most fascinating aspects of our existence and I will continually discuss it with the people I meet throughout my short time on this earth. Thanks for lending your experience and perspective to my questions. Never a dull moment Mr. Enigma. Take care!

THE_RAW_ on Oct 7, 2017


Churchill has some of the greatest quotes in history and I'm anxious to see Oldman bring them to life.

THE_RAW_ on Sep 29, 2017

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