Gary Oldman is the latest to star to portray the legendary wartime leader Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, which has just gone into production in the UK. 

Directed by Joe Wright, the drama will focus on the early days of Churchill’s Second World War regime, when the Nazis were over-running Europe and his own party was plotting against him.

Oldman joins a distinguished line of actors who have taken on the role of the iconic British leader: others to have played Churchill on screen include Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Robert Hardy and, most recently, John Lithgow, in the just released Netflix series The Crown.

As well Oldman, the all star cast includes John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, Lily James as Churchill’s personal secretary, Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife and our own Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI.

The script is by Kiwi Anthony McCarten, who won a BAFTA for his work on The Theory Of Everything.

Darkest Hour is due in cinemas in December 2017.