Steven Spielberg has announced the cast for his next film 'War Horse,' that sees a August 10, 2011 release date.
Set in 1914, the film centers on Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose that is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind.
Jeremy Irvine leads the cast in the role of Albert,he is joined by Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch. Watson and Mullan play Albert's parents. Cumberbatch will play military man Major Stewart.
Also cast Niels Arestrup as the grandfather of a young French girl (Celine Buckens) who takes Joey in, plus Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy.
Tom Hiddleston and Stephen Graham are also in talks to join the cast.