‘Darkest Hour’ trailer transforms Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill

(ctr) Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jack English / Focus Features

Back in November, we got our first look at Gary Oldman as the formidable Winston Churchill. Now Universal has release the first trailer of the actor transforming into the wartime Prime Minister in DARKEST HOUR, out in Australian cinemas on 11 January 2018. This is a trailer that literally uses the “only one man” line. That’s a V for Victory in our books.

Oldman brings Churchill alive is a narrative that appears to follow Britain’s reluctance to take on Churchill as PM, followed by his trial by fire under the German attacks of the Second World War. A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of the war as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour (title!), rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina), the film also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn.