Why Joe Wright Called For Gary Oldman In His ‘Darkest Hour’: “I Knew I Needed A Shape-Shifter” – Toronto Studio

Joe Wright's Darkest Hour arrived at the Toronto Film Festival as one of the most anticipated entrants in this year's Oscar race, having piqued curiosity with the decision to cast the lithe 59-year-old Gary Oldman as amply proportioned statesman Winston Churchill. Taking place entirely within a six-month window in 1940, the film sees Churchill foisted on his own party—and even his own country, to the annoyance of Britain's King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn)—by a parliament…

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