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April 6th, 1917. As an infantry battalion assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from wa... Read all April 6th, 1917. As an infantry battalion assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap. April 6th, 1917. As an infantry battalion assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

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During the First World War, two young British officers receive orders to venture deep behind enemy lines to deliver a critical message that could prevent the massacre of a British battalion in a trap laid by the enemy. At the bidding of their superior officers, the young privates put their own lives on the line, as it could mean the difference between life and death for 1,600 of their brothers in arms.


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Dean Charles Chapman & George McKay in 1917

Sam Mendes’ newest film, 1917 , is set during World War I. This tense film follows two British soldiers, Blake and Schofield, who are assigned a dangerous mission. They must relay a message to save soldiers from an ambush. It’s a race against time and they have to cross enemy territory. Before the film comes out on Christmas Day, let’s take a moment to get to know the cast.

Dean-Charles Chapman as Blake

You likely recognize Dean-Charles Chapman as the young king, Tommen Baratheon, from HBO’s Game of Thrones . This young British actor has been working steadily since about 2012. He has TV credits that include the BBC mini-series The White Queen and the AMC series Into the Badlands . He’s had more film roles lately with projects that include The Commuter, Blinded by the Light and The King .

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George MacKay as Schofield

While you may not know his name, you’ve probably seen George MacKay before. The British actor got his start playing one of the Lost Boys in the 2003 live-action adaptation of Peter Pan . He’s acted steadily throughout the 2000s, taking on film roles and TV guest spots. He recently played Hamlet opposite Daisy Ridley’s Ophelia in Ophelia , Claire McCarthy’s retelling of the Shakespeare classic.

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Andrew Scott as Lieutenant Leslie

You may remember Andrew Scott as the devilish Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock or even more recently as the Hot Priest in season 2 of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag . This Irish actor has been acting for years and while you may have learned his name during the last decade, you’ve likely seen him in earlier roles.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as MacKenzie

Like Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch started to gain recognition as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s Sherlock . Since then, this British actor’s star power has exploded. With a starring role as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit , if you’re not familiar with this A-lister, where have you been hiding?

Richard Madden as Lieutenant Blake

Richard Madden first got our attention as the ill-fated Robb Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones . Since then, the Scottish star has continued to impress us with roles as the Prince in Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella , David in Netflix’s Bodyguard and as Elton John’s no-good boyfriend/manager in Rocket Man .

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Colin Firth as General Erinmore

Colin Firth is a veteran actor. This British star continues to wow us, from performances in beloved rom-coms like Bridget Jones’ Diary and Love, Actually to dramas that include The King’s Speech and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . We recently enjoyed his work in The Kingsman series. Firth shows no signs of slowing down and we wouldn’t want him to. This distinguished, multi-talented gentleman is a delight to watch.

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1917 film: Meet the star-studded cast of the war drama

Find out about the 1917 cast, from george mackay to richard madden.

Sam Mendes' new war film, 1917 , has had some serious buzz this awards season. With a win for Best Picture at the Golden Globes and nine BAFTA nomination under its belt, the blockbuster – which was filmed almost as one continuous one-shot - is definitely one to watch. Part of the film's huge success is, of course, thanks to the incredible star-studded cast – and if you've just come out of the cinema wondering where you had seen certain stars before then don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out the 1917 cast here…

George MacKay - Lance Corporal William Schofield

George plays Schofield, one of the two young soldiers tasked with taking a message across the German front to warn a battalion of a planned attack on the troops. George, 27, is a BAFTA Rising Star nominee, who is perhaps best known for playing Bodevan in Captain Fantastic, Hamlet in the 2018 film Ophelia, and Bill in the TV show, 11.22.63. Speaking about his character, director Sam Mendes said: "[He is] quite old-fashioned, dignified, a kind of understated heroism. Grammar-school boy, not a natural talker. It was an idea that is beautifully embodied by George."


Dean Charles Chapman - Lance Corporal Tom Blake

Dean plays Tom Blake, George's friend and fellow soldier who is determined to reach the battalion in order to save his older brother Joseph's life. Before landing a starring role in the war film, the 22-year-old was best known for portraying the young and naïve Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones. He is also, incidentally, the longest serving actor to portray Billy in the Billy Eliot musical, having played the role from 2009 to 2011.


Colin Firth - General Erinmore

The General who tasks Schofield and Blake on their dangerous mission is of course played by Colin Firth. The star is best known for his roles in Bridget Jones's Diary and The King's Speech, the latter of which earned him an Oscar win for Best Actor. Speaking about his role to The Guardian, Colin said: "The military establishment's indifference to the wellbeing of these two young men was abundantly clear without that kind of emphasis or making it about the callousness of one particular general. The mission the boys are sent on is one of brutal necessity, a tragedy compounded, of course, by the fact that the war itself was not… One could empathise with the powerlessness and terror of young men who had no say in their fate, acting on decisions made by old men."


Andrew Scott - Lieutenant Leslie

Andrew is perhaps best known for playing the 'Hot Priest' in the hugely popular show Fleabag, and as Moriarty in Sherlock. It was recently revealed that Andrew made more mistakes than the rest of the cast combined thanks to having trouble with his lighter during scenes. Of course, thanks to the film being shot in one continuous shot, this meant that the filming would have to start from the very beginning all over again. Sam told the BBC: "Andrew, in his only scene, made more mistakes than anyone else. You can have seven minutes of magic and then if someone trips, or a lighter doesn't work, or if an actor forgets half a line, it means none of it is useable and you have to start again." Andrew joked: "Never smoke, ever. On anything – on stage, on screen – never use a cigarette lighter."


Benedict Cumberbatch - Colonel Mackenzie

Benedict plays Colonel Mackenzie, the officer who Schofield and Blake need to reach with the orders to call off the attack. Benedict is an Oscar-nominated actor, having starred in Doctor Who, The Imitation Game and Star Trek: Into Darkness. He reached widespread recognition with his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC adaptation, Sherlock.

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Mark Strong - Captain Smith

Mark is a prolific actor, and the 56-year-old has starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service as Merlin, George in Zero Dark Thirty and Dr Nasch in Before I Go to Sleep. He recently had a starring role in the BBC show Temple.


Richard Madden - Lieutenant Joseph Blake

Trying to place Lieutenant Blake? Richard is best known for playing the lead role in Bodyguard, the hugely popular BBC series. He also portrayed Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, Agent Ross in Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and Captain Michael Weir in Birdsong. He also played Prince Charming in Cinderella.


Daniel Mays - Sergeant Sanders

Blake and Schofield's sergeant is a Line of Duty star, having appeared in season three as Sergeant Danny Waldron, Arthur Young in Good Omens and Jim Keats in Ashes to Ashes.


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Adrian has had plenty of serious roles in his impressive career, most notably starring in The History Boys, A Very English Scandal and Killing Eve, but let's face it: we perhaps know him best as Pete from Gavin and Stacey!



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British actor George MacKay's best-known role before 1917 was as the protagonist in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. He was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award in 2014, and three years later received the Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival.

MacKay has also worked in the theater, taking the lead role of Richard Miller in the Eugene O'Neill play Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic theater, receiving universal acclaim from critics. His other films include The Thief Lord, The Boys Are Back, How I Live Now, Sunshine on Leith, For Those in Peril, Pride, Captain Fantastic, Where Hands Touch , and Ophelia.

Dean-Charles Chapman Lance Corporal Tom Blake

Dean-Charles Chapman is a British actor who originated the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical in the West End. Aside from that, his bestknown role was in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones , in which he played Tommen Baratheon. His other films include Before I Go to Sleep, Breathe, The Commuter , and The King.

Mark Strong Captain Smith

Frequently cast as a member of special forces, or at the very least, the secret service, Mark Strong is best known to movie audiences for his portrayal of Prince Septimus in the 2007 film Stardust, and for his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carré's classic spy novel.

Strong became prominent in television in his native London playing Inspector Larry Hall in the Helen Mirren detective drama Prime Suspect 3, later reprising the role after his character had been given a promotion to Detective Chief Superintendant. In 1997 he worked opposite 1917 cast-mate Colin Firth in Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch.

Making the move to the theater in the 2000s, Strong was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2003 for his performance in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. He won the coveted award in 2015 for his performance in Arthur Miller's A View From A Bridge, reprising the role on Broadway to similar success and acclaim, with a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play.

Benedict Cumberbatch Colonel McKenzie

Benedict Cumberbatch is a British theater, television, and film actor. His films include Amazing Grace, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate , and The Imitation Game . His television work includes Silent Witness, Fortysomething, Hawking , and Sherlock.

Colin Firth General Erinmore

Colin Firth is known for movies such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Bridget Jones's Diary, and The King's Speech. He has won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, two BAFTA awards, and three Screen Actors Guild awards. He is also well known for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the PBS miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Andrew Scott Lieutenant Leslie

Andrew Scott is best known for his role as the priest on the acclaimed series Fleabag, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other films include Saving Private Ryan, Nora, Legacy, Pride, Spectre, Alice Through the Looking Glass , and The Delinquent Season.

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Who's Involved:

Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Sam Mendes, Adrian Scarborough, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Dean-Charles Chapman, Pip Carter, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, George MacKay, Pippa Harris, Daniel Mays, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, Claire Duburcq, Billy Postlethwaite, Gabriel Akuwudike, Paul Tinto, Josef Davies, Andy Apollo

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Friday, January 10, 2020 Nationwide

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Plot: What's the story about?

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

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Production: what we know about 1917, filming timeline.

The film will start shooting on April 1 on location in England and Scotland.
Production will start in April for late 2019 release date.

1917 Release Date: When was the film released?

1917 was a Nationwide release in 2020 on Friday, January 10, 2020 . There were 9 other movies released on the same date, including Just Mercy , Underwater and Like a Boss .

1917 VOD & Digital: When was the film released digitally?

1917 was released across all major streaming and cable platforms on Wednesday, March 11 , 2020 . Digital rental or purchase allows you to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on your favorite devices. Available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Apple, Vudu and others.

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1917: The Impact Of Casting Unknown Actors In Lead Roles

1917: The Impact Of Casting Unknown Actors In Lead Roles

One of the most significant aspects of  1917 is that the actors they cast who are very well-known ( Colin Firth , Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong) play only minor roles in the film. All four play officers who each appear in a single scene and serve a single purpose in the film. The main characters, Blake and Schofield, are played by actors who are not as famous and familiar to casual movie-goers; yet, it is these two characters we spend most of our time with throughout the movie.

I think this choice of casting not only helps the audience connect better to the main two characters without being distracted by some of the big-name actors, but it also sheds some light on how we sometimes view history.

When we look back on history, specifically military history, we often focus on the men of high stature, position, and leadership, such as officers, country leaders, etc. When I was in school, I learned the names and backgrounds of presidents, generals, prime ministers, and other top officials. When I studied the Civil War, I would only think of Grant, Lee, Longstreet, Stuart, and Chamberlain, famous names of that war.

We often forget about the unknown soldiers, except when associating a casualty number to a particular battle, soldiers who do not make it to our school textbooks yet suffered through the horrors of war.

Because of this reason, it was powerful for 1917 to focus on Blake and Schofield, and cast lesser known actors to play them. We do not know who they are; they are complete strangers to us. Yet we see the story through their eyes, not the officers'. It's one of the many reasons I love this movie.

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