Joe Wright is in talks to direct “Darkest Hour” for Working Title Films.
The story takes place in 1940 as Winston Churchill becomes the U.K. Prime Minister in the midst of World War II. Only days into the job and Britain on the verge of losing to Germany, Churchill was under pressure to make a deal with Hitler that would have established Britain as a puppet state of the Third Reich.
Churchill instead summoned the courage to fight on and the film follows the decisions, actions and immortal speeches in those critical days that defined his place in history and changed the destiny of the world.
Anthony McCarten (“The Theory Of Everything”) penned the script and will produce alongside Lisa Bruce, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Filming is set to start in July with the casting process to find their Churchill well underway.