Munich: The Edge Of War: Release Date, Cast, And More

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One might be inclined to think that every possible facet of World War II has been covered exhaustively in our entertainment to this point. Steven Spielberg, of course, depicted the events of D-Day to horrific detail in "Saving Private Ryan" while Quentin Tarantino famously put his own stamp on the subject with "Inglourious Basterds." Within the next two years, Christopher Nolan alone will have covered the war two separate times in "Dunkirk," the famous British evacuation of France, and "Oppenheimer," which is based on the life of the scientist behind the creation of the atomic bomb.

Even Netflix can't resist double-dipping, as the streamer will be releasing another film titled "Operation: Mincemeat" about a little-known (but true) story from the war. That will be in addition to the upcoming "Munich: The Edge of War," which charts the very early moments when Europe stood on — as you might have gleaned from the title — the very edge of all-out war with Germany. Read on for everything you need to know about "Munich: The Edge of War."

Munich: The Edge of War Release Date and Where to Watch It

Netflix will release "Munich: The Edge of War" through its streaming platform on January 21, 2022. The streamer has also scheduled a limited theatrical release as well, which will likely take place during or ahead of its week of release. As has become an overly familiar refrain, the film was originally scheduled for release in 2021 before being pushed back. The world premiere took place during the London Film Festival in October of 2021 and it has since made the rounds on the festival circuit. 

What Is Munich: The Edge of War?

Broadly speaking, most audiences know America was plunged into World War II years after the conflict began. We know that Britain stood on an island (literally and otherwise!) when it came to resisting the fascism spreading across Europe. "Munich: The Edge of War" covers the lesser-told story of Britain's desperate attempts to avoid conflict at all costs before the onset of war. Set in 1938, the plot of this movie hinges on Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's peace talks and the behind-the-scenes turmoil of a British envoy sent to Munich to negotiate. While there, a British and German friend reconnect and become mixed up in a far wider net of espionage that could (and would, as we know from history) lead to a second World War. 

Munich: The Edge of War Cast

"Munich: The Edge of War" stars actor George MacKay, who has prior experience with war films in Sam Mendes' "1917," as the delegate chosen to lead the peace talks named Hugh Legat. Joining him will be the esteemed Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain, Jessica Brown Findlay as Pamela Legat, August Diehl as Franz Sauer, Sandra Hüller Helen Winter, Anjli Mohindra as Joan, Jannis Niewöhner as Paul Hartman, Liv Lisa Fries as Lenya, and Martin Wuttke as Adolf Hitler.

Munich: The Edge of War Director, Writer, and More

"Munich: The Edge of War" is directed by Christian Schwochow, primarily known for directing two episodes of "The Crown." The script is written by Robert Harris and Ben Power, based on the acclaimed novel by Harris. Interestingly enough, the music is composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge ("Fleabag," "Black Mirror," "Emma."), the sister of actor/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.