‘The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Trailer: Guy Ritchie’s WWII Action-Comedy Stars Henry Cavill, Eiza Gonzalez, And More

Nobody is moving at a clip faster than Guy Ritchie right now. With a slew of projects either completed or coming up, both on the big and small screen, Ritchie’s next feature is the WWII action-comedy The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, and today a trailer has arrived. Per usual, Ritchie has stacked the roster with stars, and those looking for strict adherence to historical accuracy might as well check out now.

Ritchie reunites with his The Man from UNCLE star Henry Cavill, who plays real-life British figure Gus March-Phillipps, founder of the Small Scale Raiding Force established by Winston Churchill during WWII. Also in the cast are Eiza Gonzalez, Reacher‘s Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Babs Olusamokun, Henry Zaga, Til Schweiger, with Henry Golding, and Cary Elwes.

Jerry Bruckheimer is aboard as a producer, a sign of the blockbuster scope and expectations for this one. The film is based on Damian Lewis’ book, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops.

Here’s the synopsis: Based upon recently declassified files of the British War Department and inspired by true events, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE is an action-comedy that tells the story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top-secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks, goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately their audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern Black Ops warfare.

Also coming up for Ritchie? Adventure film Fountain of Youth with John Krasinski, Natalie Portman, and Eiza Gonzalez. He’s already wrapped on an untitled movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, Cavill, and Gonzalez. Do you get the feeling he likes working with Cavill and Gonzalez? He also wrote and directed Netflix’s series spinoff of The Gentlemen.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare opens on April 19th.

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