Based on Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half, The Finest is described as “a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies.”
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war.
Partnered with fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair, along with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), reluctantly joins forces on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the US public.
The cast also includes Eddie Marsan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Snow White and the Huntsman and the upcoming The Limehouse Golem) as Ambrose’s agent Sammy; Helen McCrory (The Queen, Hugo, Harry Potter) as Sammy’s sister Sophie; Jack Huston (Howl) as Ellis, Catrin’s war artist husband; and Rachel Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsman, Salmon Fishing in Yemen) as Phyl Moore, tasked with keeping the production on track.
Henry Goodman (Notting Hill), Paul Ritter (Quantam of Solace, The Libertine) and Richard E. Grant (the upcoming Jackie, Age of Innocence, Withnail & I) also feature. Up-and-coming US actor Jake Lacy (Carol, US TV’s The Office, Girls) rounds out the supporting cast as an all-American GI who joins Catrin and Buckley’s production.
The Finest opens in cinemas nationwide on 21 April 2017