Lily James and Ralph Fiennes star in 1930s archaeology drama ‘The Dig’ – watch the trailer!

The first trailer has been unveiled for Netflix’s upcoming period drama movie The Dig.

Adapted from the 2007 novel by John Preston, the new film stars Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), and Lily James (Downton Abbey).

The cast also includes Johnny Flynn (Vanity Fair), Ben Chaplin (World Without End), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult), and Ken Stott (Rebus).

Set in England in 1939, as World War II approaches, The Dig tells the story of the most famous archaeological dig in modern British history – the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo, known as “Britain’s Tutankhamun.”

Watch the trailer:

 

The Dig will be released in select cinemas on Friday 15th January, before premiering exclusively on Netflix around the world on Friday 29th January.

The official synopsis reads: “As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate.

“When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future‎.”

Best known for playing Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, Lily James has recently been filming the BBC’s new adaptation of The Pursuit of Love.

She’ll also be appearing in 1950s romance story My Policeman by Bethan Roberts next year, starring alongside One Direction singer Harry Styles.

Lily James’s new adaptation of Rebecca is on Netflix now.

John Preston’s novel The Dig is available on Amazon.