George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are reportedly in early negotiations to play the two leading roles in “1917,” the new WW1 drama that marks the first directorial effort of Sam Mendes since his two James Bond films “Skyfall” in 2012 and “Spectre” in 2015.
MacKay is best known for smaller UK films like “How I Live Now,” “Marrowbone” and U.S. indie “Captain Fantastic,” while Chapman came to notice as the child king Tommen Baratheon in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
The pair will play two young soldiers who have to trek across dangerous terrain. Mendes wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns and produces with Pippa Harris. Amblin Partners is behind the feature which begins shooting in April for a late 2019 release via Universal Pictures.