Sam Mendes on set with lead actors, George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman
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'1917': Meet The Cast and Creative Team Behind New WWI Film

The film follows two soldiers sent on a dangerous journey through enemy territory to deliver a vital message to save 1,600 soldiers.

Sam Mendes on set with lead actors, George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman

Sam Mendes on set with lead actors, George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman (Picture: EOne).

The next war film arriving on British screens showcases Director Sam Mendes' vision to a war story in one engaging continuous shot.

1917 was shot in Salisbury Plain earlier in the year and follows two soldiers sent on a dangerous journey through enemy territory to deliver a vital message to save 1,600 soldiers.

The film is based on the spirit of a story Sam Mendes' grandfather had told him about his time serving in the First World War.

The director wanted the film to show what these men went through, the sacrifices and the sense of believing in something greater than themselves.

For the first time in his career, Sam Mendes' co-wrote the screenplay for the movie alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The two lead actors George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman underwent 5 months of military training before shooting for the film began.

This included training in full WW1 uniforms, including hobnail boots.

Alongside the two young actors, other stars who play military men in the film include Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth.

1917 is released in cinemas on January 10, 2020.