World War II has long provided the historical backdrop for movies and TV shows spanning the gamut of genres, from romance to zombie horror and even dark comedy to Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Its predecessor, The Great War, has had its surface only scratched in terms of modern-day blockbusters meant to chronicle its many aspects. One such film that sets out to do this is The history of sound.
The film, a romance, will be based on the short story by Ben Shattuckwhich won a Pushcart award.
The plot of the original text focuses on two young men, Lionel and David, who begin recording the stories and songs of contemporary Americans during the war against phonograph cylinders. There must be an element of romance to what the film’s director called a “fleeting, uprooted moment in their young lives.”
“I immediately fell in love with the news of Ben Shattuck’s picture-perfect beauty and knew I had to be involved in his on-screen journey,” director Oliver Hermanus said in a statement. to Variety. “It’s an unexpected love story that needs to be told – it’s a journey through American life, through the 20th century and the traditions of American folk music, all seen through the bond between two men immersed in the history of sound. This undeniably powerful story is sure to resonate with audiences around the world.
The pair will be played by Paul Mescal (Normal People) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown).
“Paul and Josh are two of the most promising actors of their generation who will share deeply moving performances with us,” Hermanus noted.
The film will begin production in the summer of 2022.
Sarah Sicard is an editor at the Military Times. Previously, she served as Digital Editor of the Military Times and Editor-in-Chief of the Army Times. Other work can be found in National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose and Defense News.