(Written for BritScene)
A new featurette for Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming war-time drama, War Horse, has been released this week, focusing on the film’s British cast including Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
War Horse follows 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 is Spielberg’s seventh film set in the World War era.
It is based on both a children’s novel of the same name, written by Michael Morpurgo and first published in the UK in 1982, and also on a 2007 stage adaptation.
The film also stars fellow Brits Tom Hiddleston (Thor) as Captain Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock) as Major Stewart, David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Emily Watson (Oranges & Sunshine), Johnny Harris (London to Brighton) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur), some of whom can be seen in the featurette, which combines their brief commentary with some stunning new footage.
You can watch the film’s trailer here and the featurrette below. The film is also premiering in New York City this week (4th December), and is set to be released officially on Christmas Day.