The first trailer for Mr. Jones, a biographical movie about intrepid Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, has been released – and it’s definitely powerful stuff.
McMafia and Happy Valley‘s James Norton stars as Jones, a determined reporter who first brought the Soviet famine of 1932–33 to the attention of the Western world. “The Kremlin is broke, so how are the Soviets suddenly on a spending spree?” Norton’s Jones says in the trailer, setting the scene for the investigation to come, which takes him to the harsh, snowy terrain of Ukraine.
The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby co-stars as Ada Brooks, a fictional character who seems to be an important ally to Jones, and appears prominently in the trailer. Check it out below.
Agnieszka Holland (House of Cards, Treme) directs Mr. Jones from a script by first-time screenwriter Andrea Chalupa. The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard as Walter Duranty, a New York Times reporter who denied the existence of the famine, and Kenneth Cranham (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Valkyrie) as former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
Joseph Mawle – who played Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones – also appears as 1984 and Animal Farm author George Orwell, a known admirer of Jones’s. It’s even been theorized that Orwell might have named his Father Jones character in Animal Farm in Jones’s honor.
Mr. Jones is due out in 2020, though exact release dates have yet to be confirmed. On the evidence of the trailer, though, let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.
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