First look at Gary Oldman playing Winston Churchill – watch trailer for ‘Darkest Hour’!

The first trailer for Atonement director Joe Wright’s upcoming British war drama Darkest Hour has been unveiled.

Written by The Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten, the movie stars Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he faces a crucial moment against Hitler’s army at the start of World War 2.

The cast also includes Downton Abbey‘s Lily James, alongside Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane and Ronald Pickup.

Gary Oldman reportedly spent over 200 hours getting make-up applied as Churchill during the filming of the movie.

Darkest Hour will be released on November 22 in the US and on December 29 in the UK.