‘One Life’ preview: Anthony Hopkins stars in World War II true story drama

We’ve got the first look at Anthony Hopkins‘ new movie!

An incredible true story of bravery and heroism, the drama boasts an incredible cast.

Hopkins will be joined by Helena Bonham Carter (Enola Holmes), Jonathan Pryce (The Crown), Johnny Flynn (Emma), and Romola Garai (Atonement).

The cast also includes Alex Sharp (Living), Samantha Spiro (Game of Thrones), Swedish star Lena Olin, and Swiss actress Marthe Keller.

One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 children from the Nazis.

Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion.

He immediately realised it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed?

Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more.

It’s not until a live BBC television show, That’s Life, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

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It’s been announced that One Life will receive its European Premiere on Thursday 12 October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London.

The movie will debut as this year’s American Express Gala at the 67th BFI London Film Festival.

“It is a huge honour to have One Life be a gala presentation,” commented director James Hawes. “This film pretty much begins and ends in London and says so much about the people of this city, its heart and its history. So it feels right that we have our UK launch at the BFI London Film Festival.”

“James Hawes’ assured feature debut about the visionary British humanitarian, Sir Nicholas Winton is a sweeping drama full of nuance and rich emotion,” said BFI London Film Festival Director, Kristy Matheson.

“The incredible cast led by Sir Anthony Hopkins brings this inspirational true-life story to the screen and not a minute too soon. In a world full of conflict and inequity One Life serves to remind contemporary audiences about the power of seemingly small personal acts in defence of human rights and dignity when all seems lost.”

One Life is expected to arrive in cinemas with a wider release in early 2024.

A book called Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation: Save One Life, Save the World is available on Amazon.