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Lions For Lambs receives London world premiere

Lions For Lambs world premiere in London, Tom Cruise

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise and Robert Redford attended the world premiere of their new film Lions for Lambs, as the 51st London Film Festival entered its second week in some style on Monday, October 22.

The iconic movie stars were joined by co-stars Michael Pena and Andrew Garfield, as well as writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, in promoting their new thriller.

The film is set against the backdrop of the war on terror and unfolds from three perspectives – including one that takes place in the heat of the fight in Afghanistan.

It co-stars Meryl Streep, who is reunited with Redford for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration in Out Of Africa. Sadly, Streep did not attend the premiere, contrary to earlier reports.

The dream team pairing of Cruise and Redford did, however, ensure a large and enthusiastic turnout of film fans for the red carpet gala at the Odeon Leicester Square.

And Cruise duly signed autographs and posed for photos with some as Redford explained to a sell-out crowd his reasons for making the film and some of the motivations behind it.

The film, which is being tipped as an Oscar contender, is one of several Hollywood films that touch on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, including Rendition and The Kingdom.

Redford, who also directs, plays an idealistic professor who inadvertently inspires two of his students to join the battle in Afghanistan and who attempts to dissuade another from apathy, while Cruise plays a US senator determined to deliver the US a win. Streep, meanwhile, plays a journalist sent to interview the senator.

Lions For Lambs is due for a worldwide release in the US and UK next month.

Check out photos from the world premiere