JOURNEY’S END, the play by R.C. Sheriff, is getting a remake with Sam Claflin attached to star as Captain Stanhope alongside Freddie Highmore, Paul Bettany, and Toby Jones. The script was penned by Simon Reade and the team is searching for an A-List director to shoot in the UK next year.
The story is set in the trenches over four days in 1918 and follows a group of soldiers as they prepare for an enemy attack with new recruit, Raleigh (Highmore) joining the company commanded by 20-year-old Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero, who has changed almost beyond recognition following harrowing service at the front.
Reade is producing the film with Guy de Beaujeu with Metro International is selling the project at the American Film Market.
Warner Bros. held some screen rights to the film, reportedly leading UK royal Prince Andrew to write a letter to studio executives asking them not to stand in the way of the new film version.
Claflin is best known for playing the character of Finnick Odair in the YA series The Hunger Games and will next be seen in Mockingjay Part 2.
Highmore currently stars in the television series Bates Motel and will next be seen in the mini-series Close To The Enemy.
Jones will also star in Mockingjay Part 2 this year, as well as lending his voice along with Highmore to the animated film The Cantervill Ghost.
Bettany portrayed “Vision” in last summer’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron and will play the role again in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.
Claflin is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group in the U.K. Bettany is repped by Independent Talent Group and Affirmative Entertainment.
Highmore and Jones are both repped by UTA and Artists Rights Group in the U.K., with Highmore also repped by Agence 3A in France.
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Emily J | Staff Writer