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First-look photo of Brian Cox as Churchill

Churchill

Story by Jack Foley

A FIRST-look photo has been released of Brian Cox as Sir Winston Churchill has just been released.

The photo was unveiled as principal photography has begun on Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill.

The film picks up on May 23, 1944, as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day. The now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army.

With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.

Churchill also stars Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) as his beloved wife, Clemmie Churchill, with John Slattery (Mad Men, Captain America: Civil War) as General Eisenhower, James Purefoy (Rome, The Following, High Rise) as King George VI, and rising-star Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tarzan) as Churchill’s secretary.

Directed by Teplitzky (The Railway Man, Marcella) and written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann in her feature debut, Churchill is described as a unique, challenging and intimate portrait of the man behind the public figure, widely regarded as the Greatest Briton of all time.

Producers Van Carter, Taussig, Tempest commented: “D-Day was one of the most important moments in twentieth-century world history. Telling the untold story of Churchill’s political and personal conflict through this time will show him in new, triumphant light, Alex’s script showing a very human side.

“We are honoured to have Brian Cox playing this great and complex man with director Jonathan Teplitzky bringing an intimate and cinematic prestige to the picture.”

Cox said of taking on the role of Churchill: “I am looking forward to bringing this iconic but complex figure to life- it’s the role of a lifetime for me and I’m so pleased to be taking this journey with both Jonathan and our great cast’.”

While Teplitzky added: “I’m very excited and thrilled to be shooting Churchill. To work with Brian Cox and see him play such an icon will be an incredible experience. But also working with the rest of the cast and our wonderful crew is a real privilege as we strive together to make a great film.”

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