Watch the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse

STEVEN SPIELBERG knows how to do epic.

The legendary director is comfortable with BIG stories with massive arcs.

And by the looks of things, War Horse is no different. It definitely looks like he’s going for something with an emotional impact.

The synopsis, from Dreamworks, is:

From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages.

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets – British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter – before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse – an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.

“War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war – a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year.

It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

With a host of British talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson and Peter Mullan, the cast has a wealth of talent.

Oh, and maybe (just maybe) Mr Spielberg is aiming for a few awards.

War Horse is due in UK cinemas on January 13, 2012.

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