Gary Oldman can play just about anyone in any era, and play it well. He’s a little like Sir Ben Kingsley that way.
Now, Oldman is playing Winston Churchill for Joe Wright’s biopic, Darkest Hour, and the first image of him in full makeup and costume is pretty stunning. Believe it or not, this isn’t actually Winston Churchill, it’s Gary Oldman:
You can sorta see Gary Oldman somewhere in there, but wow is this an impressive makeup job. As for the movie itself, here’s the synopsis:
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
This is Joe Wright’s bounce back project after the Pan debacle, and if Gary Oldman is on board he’s already two steps forward.
Darkest Hour is out next November.