Winston Churchill is having a moment. The iconic British prime minster was portrayed winningly by John Lithgow in the first season of “The Crown,” and later this year, Gary Oldman will play the leader in Joe Wright‘s “Darkest Hour.” Coming right in between the two is the simply named “Churchill.”
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (“The Railway Man“), the film sees Brian Cox stepping into the title role, playing the politician in his later years, who must grapple with the life and death decisions behind the D-Day landing at Normandy. Here’s the official synopsis:
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a million soldiers are secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when over 500,000 soldiers were killed on the beaches of Gallipoli. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he’ll be remembered as the architect of carnage. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse.
Co-starring Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, and Ella Purnell, “Churchill” opens on June 2nd in the U.S. and June 16th in the U.K.