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Ben Mendelsohn boards Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour"

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 4:25 AM | Anonymous

Photo credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Ben Mendelsohn has joined the cast of Focus Features Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour".

Gary Oldman leads the cast as Sir Winston Churchill and Mendelsohn will play King George VI. 

Also on board is John Hurt as former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Lily James as Churchill's secretary, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill. 

Focus Features will release the film in the U.S. on November 24, 2017. 

Joe Wright is directing from a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten.

“We aim to present a Churchill you haven’t seen before, a new portrait that shows all his famous strengths but also adds new dimensions, such as the grave doubts he privately harbored, the dark moods that would seize him unexpectedly and his fear of failure, a driving force that is often is left out of any discussion of the man,” McCarten told Deadline back in February.

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