Guy Ritchie has opened a can of big names for what will be the start of a new war franchise. Yes, a war film starring Henry Cavill and James Bond’s father, among others.
The work of British author Damien Lewis is highly recommended for fans of war films. He tells the stories of real battles and espionage missions in a way that reads more smoothly than many thrillers.
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
One of his best books, about an ultra-secret soldier squad founded by Winston Churchill, has ended up in the hands of Guy Ritchie. The master when it comes to tasty action films full of muscle language and powerhouses. The result is The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfarea war film starring Henry Cavill.
By the way, the The Witcherstar is not the only big name from the cast. He is accompanied by, among others, Henry Golding (The Gentlemen), Babs Olusanmokun (Dune) and Alan Ritchson (Reacher).
Cavill plays the head of Churchill’s secret war squad. A squad with a strong James Bond link: 007 writer Ian Fleming was part of the operation. Yes, you can also see him in the film, played by Freddie Fox.
War film with great ambitions
The secret combat unit, consisting of a motley crew of villains and misfits, goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using completely unconventional and extremely ‘ungentlemanlycombat techniques. “Ultimately, their bold approach changes the course of the war and lays the foundation for the British SAS and modern Black Ops warfare,” according to the synopsis for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.
The ambition behind the war film is great: film studio Lionsgate hopes John Wick to set up a brand new muscle franchise with this film. The promise that Guy Ritchie’s film to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds makes you think, only raises the bar.
The script comes from Paul Tamasy, whose pen also includes scripts for war films The Outpost and fight film TheFighter flowed. Not bad either: the producer delivered earlier Top Gun: Maverick off.
On to April 2024
Yes, the big names are flying around your ears. Let’s hope the final film fully delivers on that potential and kicks off an entertaining Guy Ritchie film series. We’ll find out in mid-April, because… The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is scheduled for April 19, 2024. In any case, the first trailer promises a lot of good things.
And oh well, otherwise we always have the book. Already in the mood for a pleasant war film? Then check out this new winner from Belgian soil.