Gary Oldman is unrecognisable as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s The Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman has pulled a DeNiro (Raging Bull) for his latest role in Joe Wright’s The Darkest Hour, emerging unrecognizable. The former Batman and Harry Potter star has appeared in early images of the war-time film looking like a wax replica of Winston Churchill, which given the last time we saw him he was the suave CIA agent Quaker Wells (Criminal) is a little surprising.

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Joe Wright has found Oscar success before with his wartime drama Atonement, and will look to re-create that as The Darkest Hour reaches screens on 24th November 2017, smack bang in the heart of Oscar season. The film will follow the period of time when Churchill first took office.

The year was 1940, Germany has gained control of France and their threat to Great Britain was growing as the Nazi forces impeded Russian borders; enter the great orator and Hitler antagonist, Winston Churchill. It’s a plot that writes itself, but it’s also a plot that hasn’t been tackled to great success in the past.

A man with a tumultuous history, Churchill went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize and has been regarded as one of the most influential men in history. Given Churchill was also described as the great orator for his ability to produce inspiring speeches to the people of Britain, expect some testing monologues for Gary Oldman.