Let us pitch you something quickly. It’s a movie called “Crisis On Infinite Churchills,” and it’s an “Avengers”-style team-up movie where all the actors who’ve played the great British leaders — Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Brendan Gleeson, John Lithgow, Timothy Spall, a CGI recreation of a young Richard Attenborough — reprise the role as the various parallel-universe versions of Churchill battle “Highlander”-style for supremacy.

Well, our script has had to be expanded a bit recently, not just with Lithgow’s award-winning turn on “The Crown,” but with TWO new movies hitting theaters this year revolving around Big Winston. The most high-profile is “The Darkest Hour,” a likely awards contender from director Joe Wright and starring a heavily made-up Gary Oldman. But could “Churchill,” the smaller of the two movies, turn out to be the “Capote” to the starrier “Infamous”? Or perhaps the other way around?

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Directed by “The Railway Man” helmer Jonathan Teplitzky, it takes a slightly later period of history in the leader’s life, focusing on the planning of the D-Day invasions, and with Brian Cox taking the lead role. A second trailer for the film has arrived via Cohen Media Group, and it continues to look like a pretty solid piece of historical drama that should give the always-welcome Cox a great showcase. Maybe Oldman won’t be the only Churchill up for Oscar contention…

The film also stars John Slattery, Miranda Richardson, Ella Purnell, James Purefoy, Richard Durden, and Julian Wadham, and you and/or your dad can find in theaters from June 2nd. Official synopsis and trailer are below.

Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, “Clemmie” halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

  • Gian

    For me, this doesn’t even touch John Lithgow and Harriet Walter in “The Crown”. Lithgow’s performance may end up casting a long shadow over both upcoming Churchills.

  • John W

    Crisis on Infinite Churchills? I’d watch that.

  • Andrew

    With Teplitzky at the helm? I don’t think so.