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Civil War film starring Kirsten Dunst finds a dystopian America on the brink of war… as several states secede from the union


A24 has released a new trailer for their highly-anticipated drama Civil War, from acclaimed writer-director Alex Garland.

The filmmaker behind hits like 28 Days Later, Ex Machina and Annihilation writes and directs this dystopian drama where several territories have seceded from America.

The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Nick Offerman, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno and Nelson Lee, with rumors recently dispelled about a three-hour runtime.

A24 will release the film on April 12, a date which has a lot of historical significance with the real Civil War.

It was on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, which many historians consider the start of the Civil War.

A24 has released a new trailer for their highly-anticipated drama Civil War, from acclaimed writer-director Alex Garland; Kirsten Dunst pictured

A24 has released a new trailer for their highly-anticipated drama Civil War, from acclaimed writer-director Alex Garland; Kirsten Dunst pictured

The film stars Kirsten Dunst , Nick Offerman, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny , Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno and Nelson Lee

A24 will release the film on April 12, a date which has a lot of historical significance with the real Civil War

A24 will release the film on April 12, a date which has a lot of historical significance with the real Civil War

The trailer begins with the President of the United States (Offerman) addressing the country and those who have seceded.

‘Citizens of America, people of the Florida Alliance and the Western forces of Texas and California,’ he begins, as we see footage of citizens at war.

He adds they, ‘will be welcome back to these United States as soon as their illegal, secessionist is deposed,’ as we see Dunst’s character, a journalist.

Wagner Moura’s character says to a sniper and his scout, ‘You don’t know what side they’re fighting for,’ though the scout has a response.

‘Someone’s trying to kill us. We’re trying to kill them,’ he says, as the sniper fires a shot, while a photographer (Cailee Spaeny) is seen looking on.

The trailer continues with more random shots of this war-torn land, including a shot of Dunst and Spaeny sitting together in the bleachers of a football stadium, with the field now filled with tents.

Parts of the trailer are set to someone whistling America the Beautiful while this war wages on, as we see shots of a military convoy driving down a road with helicopter escorts.

Meanwhile, mortars are being deployed on city rooftops as Moura, Dunst and Spaeny all try to relax at a camp, letting off some steam with liquor and cigarettes.

Wagner Moura's character says to a sniper and his scout, 'You don't know what side they're fighting for,' though the scout has a response

Wagner Moura’s character says to a sniper and his scout, ‘You don’t know what side they’re fighting for,’ though the scout has a response

The trailer continues with more random shots of this war-torn land, including a shot of Dunst and Spaeny sitting together in the bleachers of a football stadium, with the field now filled with tents

The trailer continues with more random shots of this war-torn land, including a shot of Dunst and Spaeny sitting together in the bleachers of a football stadium, with the field now filled with tents

Meanwhile, mortars are being deployed on city rooftops as Moura, Dunst and Spaeny all try to relax at a camp, letting off some steam with liquor and cigarettes

Meanwhile, mortars are being deployed on city rooftops as Moura, Dunst and Spaeny all try to relax at a camp, letting off some steam with liquor and cigarettes

Another shot shows Spaeny screaming in terror while inside a vehicle, though it’s unclear what she’s actually reacting to.

The trailer escalates with tanks in the street and gunfire erupting before one final dramatic shot: a rocket being fired at the Lincoln Memorial that destroys it. 

Garland said in an interview the film is, ‘set at an indeterminate point in the future–just far enough ahead for me to add a conceit—and serves as a sci-fi allegory for our currently polarized predicament.’

It was also revealed that with a $50 million budget, Civil War has become A24’s most expensive film to date. 



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