When it comes to playing Winston Churchill, actors will never, never, never give up. John Lithgow recently won an Emmy as the British bulldog in Netflix’s “The Crown,” and Brian Cox embodied the title role in this year’s biopic “Churchill.” Now Gary Oldman throws his homburg into the ring with “Darkest Hour,” and it’s already earning him best actor Oscar talk.
Of course, you can’t tell Churchill’s story without portraying King George VI. The new trailer for the film, coming Nov. 22, includes scenes of Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) as the monarch, a part that won an Oscar for Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.”
Perhaps hoping to ride the wave of another heavyweight awards contender, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” the clip also makes prominent mention of the French battle that represented a turning point in World War II.
Despite a remarkable career that has included portrayals of Sid Vicious and Lee Harvey Oswald, Mr. Oldman has only been nominated for an Academy Award once, for the 2011 version of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Based on this early look, “Darkest Hour” may finally put him in the spotlight on Oscar night.
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