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Here’s the epic first trailer of WWI film ‘1917’

World War I film "1917". (Universal Pictures/Released)
August 02, 2019

The highly anticipated trailer for the World War I film, “1917” is here.

Much has been speculated about the “1917” film, which is slated for a Christmas day limited release and a full release on Jan. 10, 2020, but little could be confirmed until Universal Pictures released the full-length trailer on Thursday.

Take a look below:

A peek into the film reveals the “emotional complexities of war,” according to Military Times.

The first two minutes of the film are filled with anxiety and chaos as felt by the soldiers who try to carefully make their way through a tunnel occupied by the enemy.

The film follows George McKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) “through a number of such apocalyptic hellscapes of the Western Front.”

The cast also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Doctor Strange”), Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech,” “Kingsman”), Mark Strong (“The Imitation Game,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”).

The film shadows two young soldiers, who are played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, according to

The pair are in search of Chapman’s brother, whose unit is headed into enemy territory with no chance of coming out.

In the trailer, Firth tells the two soldiers, “They’re walking into a trap. Your orders are to deliver a message to call off tomorrow morning’s attack. If you don’t, we will lose 1,600 men — your brother among them. If you fail, it will be a massacre.”

As the specifics of the film unfold, the anticipation builds for the return of Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes and his partnership with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.

Mendes said in 2018 about working on the film, “I couldn’t be happier to be back working with Amblin and Steven Spielberg again. I’ve been working on this script for over a year, so it’s very exciting to start making the movie itself a reality.”

The script was co-written by Mendes (“Road to Perdition,” “Skyfall,” “American Beauty,”) and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who worked with Mendes on the Showtime series, “Penny Dreadful.”

Steven Spielberg called “1917s” plot “hugely daring and ambitious” in this provocative film about the Great War.

Roger Deakins, an award-winning cinematographer, who won an Oscar for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” showcases his skills in the opening of the film with unbelievable illumination techniques during the “Sicario” tunnel raid.

Deakins received Oscar nominations for other films like “Sicario,” “Prisoners,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo,” and “Shawshank Redemption.”

Mendes’ associate, Pippa Harris (“Jarhead,” “Revolutionary Road”), and Michael Lerman (“Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Doctor Strange”) worked together with him on production.

Interests in past world conflicts have transformed on the big screen, especially since the release of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a revolutionary documentary by “Lord of the Rings” Peter Jackson.