By Derek Lawrence
September 06, 2016 at 06:26 PM EDT
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While the Oscars race for next year is just heating up, Gary Oldman is already setting up for a potential run at the 2018 Academy Awards as his film Darkest Hour will be released in an awards season-friendly spot next fall.

Focus Features is set to release the film, which stars Oldman as Winston Churchill, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, on Nov. 24, 2017, it was announced Tuesday. Rounding out the cast alongside Oldman are Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, John Hurt as former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, and Lily James as Churchill’s secretary.

The film follows the early days of Churchill’s first term as he took power in May 1940 during World War II as Nazi Germany was reigning down on all of Western Europe. On the verge of invasion, the newly appointed prime minister had to decide between negotiating peace or fighting for the freedom and ideals of his nation.

Joe Wright, the director behind Pride & Prejudice, is helming the film from a screenplay by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, who penned The Theory of Everything.

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  • PG-13
release date
  • 11/22/17
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