James Bond director Sam Mendes was back on the set of his latest project – World War I epic 1917 – on Wednesday, this time with one of the film’s stars, Mark Strong.
Sam, 53, fresh from his Tony Award win this weekend, was seen for another day at Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow to direct the much-anticipated film, which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, George MacKay and Colin Firth.
The film follows two British soldiers over the course of a single day at the height of World War I, and will hope to follow in the footsteps of other successful war films, such as Saving Private Ryan and Dunkirk.
Man in charge: James Bond director Sam Mendes was back on the set of his latest project – World War I epic 1917 – on Wednesday, this time with one of the film’s stars, Mark Strong
The acclaimed director was filming outside an abandoned building, which looked to be somewhat derelict – perhaps to replicate the damage done during the so-called Great War, which ended in 1918.
Sam wore all-black as he paced around the set, chatting to Mark, 55, who was dressed in army garb.
The protagonist soldiers (played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George McKay) are followed, during the movie, over a single day during the war.
George, 27, was also seen on set, dressed ready for battle.
Changed: The Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow were transported back to the early 20th Century to film scenes for the epic
Acclaimed: Sam has taken the helm as director for the picture, his first since the divisive Spectre in 2015
At work: The British star’s appearance also came after he won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman
Dark: 1917 tells the tale of two young British soldiers over one day at the height of the First World War, and was first scheduled to start filming in April
The film – which is also being produced by Stephen Spielberg – is not Sam’s first when it comes to the subject matter of war.
He also fronted the 2005 biopic Jarhead, based on the memoir of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford.
While it is unclear which key event will be replicated in the film, 1917 was defined as the year in which the war began to turn in the favour of the British and French allies.
Lavish: Produced by Stephen Spielberg, the picture boasts a star-studded cast including Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott
Icon: This is not Sam’s first time directing a war film, as he also fronted the 2005 biopic Jarhead, based on the memoir of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford
Acclaimed: Sam has earned plenty of critical acclaim for his directing, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for his work on American Beauty
History: While it is unclear which key event will be replicated in the film, 1917 was defined as the year in which the war turned in the favour of the British and French allies
Make way: Actor George MacKay, dressed in period military attire, was seen walking across the rubble strewn set
Plenty to talk about: Members of the production team gathered round the actor as they passed the time between takes
Quiet in set: MacKay made his way out of what looked like a bombed out church as filming got underway
Here he comes: The actor was accompanied by two members of the production team
The year followed 1916’s Battle Of The Somme, which claimed one million lives and has become known as one of the deadliest battles in human history.
The end of 1917 also saw the Battle of Cambrai, which killed around 90,000 soldiers, and though the British were at first successful, a German counter-attack led to both sides reclaiming a small amount of captured territory.
Sam has earned plenty of critical acclaim for his directing, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for his work on American Beauty.
The British star was praised for James Bond’s 23rd film Skyfall, though Spectre earned a more divided reception from fans.
Sam’s next picture comes after he won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman, though he was not in attendance for the ceremony in New York, presumably already in Scotland preparing to get to work.
1917 will be released on 25th December 2019 in the US, and 10th January 2020 in the UK.
Here we go: Smoke billowed across the set as the production team readied themselves for another scene
Damage done: A shattered window reflected the grim battle scene being filmed below
Main man: Director Mendes was seen talking to an assembled group of assistants and cast-members on Tuesday
Leading man: MacKay will play a key role in the new film when it goes on general release
Out soon: 1917 will be released on 25th December 2019 in the US, and 10th January 2020 in the UK