Screen can reveal the first production still of Sam Claflin in World War One drama Journey’s End, of which Metro International will show first footage at next week’s EFM in Berlin.
Director Saul Dibb’s adaptation of R.C Sheriff’s classic play about trench warfare follows young recruit Raleigh (Asa Butterfield) who pulls strings to join his childhood friend and hero Captain Stanhope (Claflin) on the front line.
However, a much-changed Stanhope is horrified by Raleigh’s arrival given that they are anticipating a massive German advance.
Also starring are Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, and Tom Sturridge.
Simon Reade’s screenplay also draw’s on Sheriff’s novel co-written with author Vernon Bartlett. Guy de Beaujeu is producing with Reade through their production company, Fluidity Films.
The production is financed by the BFI, Fluidity Films, British Film Company, Metro International, Ingenious, The Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and uMedia.
It has been announced that Journey’s End is set to begin filming next week in Wales! You can ready the full article bellow, we wish Sam a good filming!
An A-list cast including Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones are preparing to begin filming Journey’s End, which shoots largely in Wales from next week.
The film is based on RC Sherriff’s play, first performed in London in 1928, which takes place over four days in March 1918 in the frontline trenches of France. It gives a glimpse of the tense, claustrophobic conditions of the dugout as the men await almost certain death.
Producers Guy de Beaujeu and Simon Reade of Fluidity Films – who made the acclaimed Private Peaceful – have been developing the film version of Journey’s End for some time, and have encountered wrangles over the rights on the way.
However, it is now set to begin filming in a few days’ time at Pinewood Studios Wales, with Saul Dibb directing from Reade’s screenplay. The film also stars Stephen Graham and Tom Sturridge.
The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin is attached to star as Captain Stanhope in the screen adaptation of R.C. Sheriff’s WWI classic play Journey’s End.
Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) is due to co-star as Raleigh while Paul Bettany (Margin Call) and Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) are also attached in leading roles.
Set in the trenches over four days in 1918, Journey’s Endfollows a group of soldiers as they prepare for an enemy attack with new recruit Raleigh joining the company commanded by 20 year old Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero, who has changed almost beyond recognition following harrowing service at the front.
The film will be produced by Guy de Beaujeu and Simon Reade (Private Peaceful), from the latter’s screenplay adaptation.
UK sales outfit Metro International will be selling the project at the AFM and is understood to be in talks with an A-list director to shoot the film in the UK next year.