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Full cast for Spielberg’s WAR HORSE announced; Redmayne not cast as lead

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
June 17th, 2010

Despite being widely reported last week that Eddie Redmayne had won the lead role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, the full casting list is now out and Redmayne is not on it. Instead, the lead role of Albert has gone to Jeremy Irvine. If you hadn't heard of Redmayne, than you probably haven't heard of Irvine. The young actor has worked primarily in theater, including both the National Youth Theatre and the RSC. He has just one screen credit, on one of Britain’s many series, sagely titled Life Bites.

The rest of the cast list continues with a decidedly British flavor, including Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Watson and Mullan will star as Albert’s parents, and Cumberbatch will play Major Stewart. The remainder of the cast is equally impressive, including Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms, and Patrick Kennedy. Tom Hiddleston (who we will next see as Loki in THOR) and Stephen Graham are also both in talks to round out WAR HORSE’s cast.

The script was adapted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, who used both Morpurgo’s novel and the recent stage adaptation for their take on the story of a boy and his horse (side note, where is the casting information on Joey, the horse?!).

Empire Online has the exclusive on this news, so be sure to head on over to check out their fully-assembled gallery of the entire cast. Production is set to begin soon, as the film will release in August of 2011.

Source Empire Online, via The Playlist

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