Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’ starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn had its premiere at Telluride Film Festival over the weekend. The festival ran from September 1st to the 4th and Darkest Hour had 2 showings and Q&As. The reviews for Darkest Hour are overwhelmingly positive, singling out Gary Oldman’s powerhouse performance and already garnering Oscar buzz. Ben is also praised for his role as King George IV.
Ben spoke to Vanity Fair during Telluride:
Ben Mendelsohn plays the gentle King George VI to Gary Oldman’s rough and rousing Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which premiered to rousing applause at the mountain festival. An Australian actor best known in Hollywood for his work playing villains like Rogue One’s Director Krennic, Mendelsohn found pleasure in a character on the right side of history. “[The role] was a very unexpected gift given everything I’ve been doing recently,” Mendelsohn said. “I thought it was very bold. It was against the vogue of what had been going on.”
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Darkest Hour will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10th.