‘Munich: The Edge of War’ preview: Jeremy Irons stars in Netflix’s new WW2 movie

Netflix has released the first photos for Munich: The Edge of War.

The upcoming historical drama is set in the autumn of 1938 as Europe stands on the brink of the Second World War.

Based on Robert Harris’s bestselling 2017 novel, the movie started filming in Germany and the UK last year.

The book has been adapted by The Hollow Crown writer Ben Power, with Andrew Eaton (The Crown) producing and Christian Schwochow (The Crown) directing.

The official synopsis reads: “As Adolf Hilter prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is desperate to find a peaceful solution.

“British civil servant Hugh Legat and German diplomat Paul von Hartmann (Niehwöhner), travel to Munich for an emergency conference. As they see if war can be averted — and at what cost — the two old friends find themselves at the center of a political plot, with their own lives in danger.”

Brideshead Revisited star Jeremy Irons leads the cast as Neville Chamberlain.

Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940.

Irons is joined by George McKay (1917), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Alex Jennings (Victoria), and Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard).

The cast also includes Jannis Niehwöhner (The Turncoat), Liv Lisa Fries (Babylon Berlin), Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), August Diehl (A Hidden Life), and Marc Limpach (Bad Banks), with Martin Wuttke reprising his Inglourious Basterds role as Adolf Hitler.

Munich: The Edge of War will be available to watch exclusively on Netflix from Friday 21st January 2022.

The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in England last month.

Reviews have praised the script for taking “all the ingredients of Harris’ excellent novel and [turning] them into an engaging and exciting two-hour screen thriller which somehow makes the business of politicians talking a lot and making deals seem like edge-of-your-seat stuff.”

Author Robert Harris previously commented: “It’s great to see an actor of Jeremy Irons’ stature playing Neville Chamberlain. This will be the first time a major movie has gone beyond the cult of Winston Churchill and tried to show Chamberlain in a more sympathetic light.”

The BBC and HBO are working on a new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, from the makers of Poldark.

The original Brideshead Revisited series is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.