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Known for directing 007 films Skyfall and Spectre, Sam Mendes has followed up his last 2015 film with a forthcoming period drama for the ages. Revealed today, fans got a two minute introduction into 1917, the latest film to adapt the catastrophic events of World War I.

Featuring a star-studded cast including Richard Madden and Benedict Cumberbatch, the action-packed drama follows two young British soldiers (played by Dean Charles-Chapman and George Mackay) as they fight against the real enemy – time.

“Your orders are to deliver a message calling off tomorrow’s attack. If you don’t, we will lose 1,600 men, your brother among them,” Firth’s character says.“If you fail, it will be a massacre.”

The official synopsis reads:

“At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.”

With a limited release slated for December 25 including a larger role out occurring in January 2020, the film will star George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. Tune into the trailer below.