Cast For War Horse Announced

June 17, 2010 by  
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steven-spielberg300The rumours surrounding Steven Spielberg’s latest movie have been swirling for several months now, but the director whose last film was the questionable Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull confirmed a star British cast for War Horse today.

Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch have all signed up for major roles, but taking the lead is young actor Jeremy Irvine who cut his teeth with both the National Youth Theatre and the RSC.

War Horse traces the friendship between Joey, a farm horse sold into the British army and sent off to serve on the battlefields of France during World War 1, and Albert (Irvine), his young owner. Watson and Mullan play Albert’s parents. Cumberbatch who earned praise for his performance as the oily confectionery magnate in Atonement, will play military man Major Stewart.

Produced by Spielberg and long-time producing partner Kathleen Kennedy, War Horse starts shooting in the UK in August, the first time the director has shot here since Saving Private Ryan. This gives Spielberg exactly a year to get the movie ready for its August 10, 2011 US release…

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