Gary Oldman is in talks to play British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s WW2 drama “Darkest Hour” at Working Title Pictures.
The project is derived from Churchill’s phrase to describe the period of World War II between the fall of France in June 1940 and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union a year later in 1941 – a time when the British Empire stood alone against Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers in Europe.
The UK was under threat of invasion and bombardment with over 1,500 civilians dying in London alone in a single night from bombing raids. Churchill was under pressure to appease Germany, but following the successful evacuation of Dunkirk he gave his famed speech to Parliament: “We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) penned the script and will produce. Filming is planned to begin in July.