Fresh off the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, we’re getting another cinematic look at life in World War II. Allied tells the story of two undercover intelligence agents who mix work with pleasure as they plan a high-profile assassination.
Brad Pitt plays British spy Max, sent behind enemy lines to Casablanca in Morocco in 1942 on a mission to kill a high-ranking Nazi official. His partner for the mission is French Resistance fighter Marianne, played by Marion Cotillard, who poses as his wife. The dangerous mission leads to a real love affair, but when the duo reunite in London, their lives are heavily tested by the pressures of war and the secrets of their past.
If the spy theme has you thinking of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt’s other assassins-in-love flick, you’re not alone. This tale, however, already has media speculating that it could be Oscar-worthy. Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, and Jared Harris are co-stars. Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) is behind the lens. The screenplay is penned by Steven Knight, who said it’s inspired by a true story he heard when he was in his early twenties.
“This is a very odd story,” he told Collider last year. “I was in Texas working as a dishwasher and doing all sorts of weird things. I was going out with an English girl at the time and her auntie lived in Texas, and she got talking about her brother who had been in the S.O.E., the British Secret Service if you like, and she told me this story that just stayed with me. I’ve always known it would be a film, and now it’s gonna be the ultimate. I can’t believe the cast we’ve got, I can’t believe the director we’ve got, it’s just a dream.”
That dream will hit big screens in November. Watch the first tense teaser for Allied above.