An upcoming WWI drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, which is based on both War Horse, a children’s fiction novel set during World War I, by Michael Morpurgo first published in the United Kingdom in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name. The cast includes Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan and David Kross.
Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “WAR HORSE” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Irvine), who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.