(Written for BritScene)
This week sees the release of the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s war-time drama, War Horse, which follows the story a young boy, Albert, played by Jeremy Irvine (TV’s Life Bites), and his horse, Joey. Despite being too young to enlist in to the cavalry, Albert heads to France when his horse is sold and sent into the trenches of War. War Horse is a compelling tale of their bond, and Spielberg’s seventh film set in the World War era.
The film is based on both a children’s novel of the same name, written by Michael Morpurgo and first publishes in the UK in 1982, and also on the 2007 stage adaptation.
Alongside Jeremy Irvine are fellow Brits Tom Hiddleston (Thor) as Captain Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock) as Major Stewart, David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves), Johnny Harris (London to Brighton) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur).
This new trailer shows off the stunning visuals by Janusz Kaminski and a beautiful soundtrack by John Williams. For a film solely about a horse, this looks like a real tear-jerker.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until Christmas Day to see War Horse in the US, and until 13th January, 2012 in the UK.
Another of Spielberg’s films, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is set to be released in the same week (21st December), which is a 3D family adventure, also Brit packed (Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost), and is based on the series of comic books created by Belgian artist George Remi.