The first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic War Horse has today been set free by DreamWorks. 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.
The trailer opens with a horse galloping through a battlefield surrounded by explosions, and we are then guided through a montage of footage to the music of John Williams. It’s classic Spielberg, and an awards contender for next year, no doubt.
Watch the trailer below:
Newcomer 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.
War Horse was pushed back from August 2011 to a more Oscar friendly December 2011 release. Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn will also be released in December 2011, on the 23rd, which is 5 days before War Horse will hit screens.