A new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse has gone online. After the somewhat-ineffectual teaser trailer struggled to explain the plot, the new trailer does a solid job of telling audiences that the movie is about a horse that is taken from his owner (Jeremy Irvine) to fight in World War I and the struggle between the two to reunite. The new trailer is more encouraging, shows a grander scope of the drama, and strongly hints that the movie will tug at quite a few heartstrings. The movie may have no big-name stars (although the great cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, and Toby Kebbell) and have a horse for a protagonist, but with Spielberg’s attached, it’s already shaping up to be a major awards contender.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. War Horse opens in the US on December 25th and in the UK on January 13, 2012.
Trailer via Empire.
Here’s the official synopsis for War Horse:
DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets–British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter–before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse–an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war– a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.