In May it was announced that Steven Spielberg had decided his next project would be the World War I epic War Horse. The film, based on the 1982 novel, traces a friendship between Joey, a horse sold into the British army and sent off to serve on the battlefields of France in World War I, and Albert, his young owner. The two become separated but “continue to be intertwined” as they try to survive the horrors of WWI.
Today Empire received the full cast list for the film, and I think it’s fair to say it’s a good time to be a British actor.
Young actor Jeremy Irvine has landed the lead role of Albert, with Emily Watson and Peter Mullan playing his parents. David Thewlis (Remus Lupin from Harry Potter), Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement), Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Thor) are also among the cast.
Head over to Empire to see the full cast in pictures. They may not get many Google searches but what they lack in PR they make up in acting talent. Most, if not all, of the cast have been involved in theatre over the years so they have the acting chops Spielberg requires.
War Horse starts shooting in the UK in August, and will be the first time the director has shot in England since Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg has given himself exactly a year to get the potential Oscar bait ready for its August 10, 2011 release.