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Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth

Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth are among the new cast announced for Sam Mendes’ upcoming WW1 drama 1917.

The DreamWorks Pictures project will begin filming on April 1 on location in the UK, and follows two young soldiers played by the previously announced George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman during a single day in the conflict. It will shoot in England and Scotland.

Also joining the cast are Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq.

Mendes directs, wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) and produces with his partner at Neal Street Productions Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Away We Go), along with Jayne-Ann Tenggren (Spectre, the upcoming The Rhythm Section) and Callum McDougall. Co-producing is Michael Lerman (Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall).

The film is being produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks and Universal and will be released in the US by Universal on December 25, 2019. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne releasing in the UK on January 10, 2020.

The creative team includes cinematographer Roger Deakins; production designer Dennis Gassner (Bugsy, Road To Perdition); costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina, Darkest Hour); editor Lee Smith (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight); and composer regular Mendes collaborator Thomas Newman.