By Nick Romano
March 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM EDT
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The new drama from Bond director Sam Mendes just got an influx of sexy, suave European gents.

Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Bodyguard), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose), Colin Firth (Mary Poppins Returns, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), and Mark Strong (Shazam!, Deep State) have been cast in 1917, which is set during a single day at the height of World War I.

Andrew Scott, who played C in Mendes’ Spectre, is also on board the cast with Daniel Mays (Fisherman’s Friends, Rogue One), Adrian Scarborough (The Madness of King George, Christopher Robin), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), and Claire Duburcq.

In short, it’s a lot of severely good-looking people.

They join the previously cast George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen in Game of Thrones), who will star in 1917 as two young British soldiers.

This marks Mendes’ first feature film following his stint as 007 director with Skyfall and Spectre. Cary Fukunaga will now direct the 25th entry to the James Bond franchise.

Mendes helms 1917, as well as writes the screenplay with Penny Dreadful‘s Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who’s also co-writing Edgar Wright’s The Last Night in Soho and another Mendes film, The Voyeur’s Motel.

Filming on 1917 will begin April 1 ahead of its planned release date later this year on Dec. 25. Universal and Amblin will distribute, while DreamWorks produces with Universal and Neal Street Productions.

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