Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, is bringing his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. The film is set to be released next year, but an early look at the film has just been released.
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
“There is no better way to tell this story than with one continuous shot.”, comments Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The film is being shot on Arri Alexa Mini LF with Arri Signature Prime Lenses. The Trench scene was shot on the Salisbury Plains, in Wiltshire, England.
1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions. The film also stars Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. The first full trailer is released this weekend.