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Gary Oldman Might Play Winston Churchill, Especially Now That You’ve Said ‘Him? Winston Churchill?’

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Gary Oldman, we think. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/2014 Getty Images

Gary Oldman, whom you do not recognize from his many film roles, could soon be unrecognizable yet again as Winston Churchill. According to Deadline, Oldman is in talks to star in Darkest Hour, a World War II–focused biopic on the British prime minister directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and written by The Theory of Everything’s Anthony McCarten. Oldman can surely master Churchill’s accent — and serve up a few cutting remarks of his own — but it’ll probably take some trickery to nail the look. “Cigars and Hats!” A production designer shouts in the distance. “We need more cigars and hats!”

Gary Oldman in Talks to Play Winston Churchill