Steven Spielberg’s War Horse trailer

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse has been released!

This much anticipated film is based on the 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, which was turned into a successful stage play back in 2007 and won the Tony Award for best play in New York this January. Set during the First World War, War Horse tells the story of a young man named Albert, who forms a friendship with a horse called Joey. However, the pair are torn apart when Joey is sent to join the cavalry, and Albert makes it his mission to find him again.

War Horse is the latest film from legendary director Steven Spielberg, who is also producing. He’s teamed up with cinematographer and long-time collaborator, Janusz Kaminski, as well as Love Actually writer Richard Curtis and Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliot, who have worked together to pen the adaptation.

RSC and National Theatre actor, Jeremy Irvine, will be taking on the role of Albert, while Breaking the Waves actress Emily Watson, and Neds and actor and director, Peter Mullan, will be playing his parents. You can also expect to hear an impressive score from award-winner, John Williams, who has composed music for all but two of Spielberg’s films.

From the looks of things, this film will certainly be a stark contrast to Spielberg‘s other upcoming release, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, but another addition to the director’s output of war films alongside Empire of the Sun, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan. War Horse is currently scheduled to hit UK cinemas on 13th January 2012 – just in time for the Academy Awards, which are announced at the end of the month…

Check out the trailer below.

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