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First Poster For Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Arrives

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 27, 2011 12:56 PM
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Get ready, because the Oscar campaign and marketing push for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is about to begin. While we got a teaser trailer for the film this summer, "War Horse" is one of the small handful of awards season pics that has yet to be screened for anybody at all. Spielberg doesn't need the reassurance of the fall festival circuit or any early thumbs up from critics because his track record stands on its own. But will audiences want to deal with a WWI movie during the holiday season? We're betting that since it's coming from Spielberg, they won't mind one bit.

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, which has also been turned into an acclaimed stage play, the film follows a young man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War I. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend. It's not surprising that Spielberg was able to line up a formidable cast with Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy all on board. The first poster unveiled by EW pretty much says it all and promises a grand, old-fashioned, amber-toned drama with the Spielberg touch. That's just fine by us.

"War Horse" will hit theaters on December 28th. Full one sheet below.

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  • Betty Bloop | September 27, 2011 3:38 AMReply

    Empire magazine is reporting that the full trailer is out next week. Yay!!

  • Nik Grape | September 27, 2011 1:56 AMReply

    Great poster aside, I think we all know what to expect from this one.

    Nobody does spoon-feeding and emotional manipulation better than the 'Berg.

    Just because even this article makes him seem cocky, which from everything I've read wouldn't surprise me one bit, I secretly hope this film tanks at he box office and gets zero nominations.

  • BuntyHoven | September 27, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    Fuck yeah, that's an awesome '90s-esque poster. Reminds me of the prestige pictures of the era. Even the

  • warhorsefan | September 27, 2011 1:34 AMReply

    No Cumberbatch or Hiddleston's name on the poster. Seems silly to me.

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