Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, David Kross and Benedict Cumberbatch have all joined the cast of Steven Spileberg’s film adaptation of the stage play “War Horse” for DreamWorks Pictures says Variety.
The story follows the bond between a farmer’s son (Irvine) and his horse who are separated but who find their fates continue to intertwine over the course of the Great War. The horse is sold to the army and finds itself in the midst of the fighting on the Western Front and becomes inspiration for the soldiers around him.
Watson and Mullan will portray the parents. Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy are also onboard though Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”) and Stephen Graham (“Public Enemies”) are still in talks.
Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Revel Guest and Spielberg will produce. Lee Hall and Richard Curtis are adapting the book into a script.