Steven Spielberg has completed principal casting for his next movie, War Horse. The staring role of Albert will showcase British actor Jeremy Irvine, best known for his work on a tv show called "Life Bites."
War Horse, is drawn from the wonderful 1982 story by M. Morpurgo that follows the relationship between between Joey, a British military horse serving in on the battle strewn fields of France in WW I, and Albert, his teenage owner. The pair become separated but remain intertwined as they try to survive the hell of war.
Spielberg is once again splitting his cast between celebrities and unknowns, although unlike his previous war film, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse will emphasize the unknowns. War Horse cast includes: Emily Watson (Equilibrium, Synecdoche New York) and Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, Children of Men, Red Riding) as Albert's parents; David Thewlis (Remus in Harry Potter, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and Stephen Graham (Snatch, This Is England); Niels Arestrup (A Prophet, Diving Bell and the Butterfly) as the grandfather of a young French girl (played Celine Buckens) who takes in the horse; plus David Kross (The Reader), Rainer Bock (The White Ribbon), Nicolas Bro, Leonard Carow, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy.