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'Munich - The Edge of War': cast, release date, trailer, and all you need to know about the new Netflix movie

 'Munich - The Edge of War'. sees Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain when he meets Hitler in Germany in 1938..
'Munich - The Edge of War'. sees Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain when he meets Hitler in Germany in 1938.. (Image credit: Netflix)

Munich - The Edge of War on Netflix follows the terrifying build up to World War Two. Based on the bestselling novel Munich by Robert Harris, it shows the tense real-life events set in autumn 1938 with the world on the brink of a calamitous conflict after Germany's Third Reich had set about expanding its territory illegally under the Nazi dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. Stars playing the main players in the pre-war drama include Jeremy Irons, Jessica Brown Findlay, Robert Bathurst and George MacKay.

So here's everything we know so far about the lavish period drama Munich - The Edge Of War coming to Netflix in 2022...

'Munich - The Edge Of War' release date

Munich - The Edge Of War is released in the UK, US and worldwide by Netflix on Jan. 21 2022, having already been shown in select cinemas from early January. The world premiere took place on October 13 2021 at the London Film Festival.

'Munich - The Edge of War' arrives on Netflix in January 2022.

'Munich - The Edge of War' arrives on Netflix in January 2022. (Image credit: Netflix)

'Munich - The Edge Of War' trailer

An official trailer for Munich - The Edge Of War has just been released which shows Jeremy Irons looking and sounding remarkably like Neville Chamberlain, plus it gives a clue to Hugh Legat's mission in Munich. Also see the actor Martin Wuttke who plays Hitler. Take a look below....

What happens in 'Munich - The Edge Of War'?

Munich - The Edge Of War follows what happened in 1938 when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain led a delegation of British diplomats and civil servants and headed to Munich in Bavaria to meet up with Adolf Hitler and top Nazis to try to avert war. 

It looks at the true story through the eyes of young British diplomat Hugh Legat who speaks fluent German and is one of Chamberlain's secretaries and works at 10 Downing Street. Hugh had been close friends with a German diplomat Paul von Hartmann in the early 1930s when both had been at Oxford shortly before the Nazis came to power. The former friends' wolds will collide at Munich in 1938 when they meet up again at the same time as Chamberlain has his conference with Hitler, and both become caught up in a web of political subterfuge and danger.

Chamberlain thought he'd achieved success by declaring 'Peace In Our Time' when he returned, famously waving about a piece of white paper as he disembarked from his plane back in Britain, having reached a settlement that gave Germany control of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. That agreement of course was to end in tatters as Germany later marched into the rest of Czechoslovakia in early 1939 followed by Poland which eventually brought about the disaster of World War Two.

The author Robert Harris says of the British delegation to Munich:: "They felt trapped, knowing this terrible things is happening, but struggling in the face of it."

Robert Harris is pleased to have Jeremy Irons in the lead role: "It's great to see an actor of Jeremy Irons' stature playing Chamberlain. This will be the first time a major movie has gone beyond the cult of Winston Churchill and tried to show Chamberlain in a more sympathetic light. He was an incredibly dominating figure in his day and tripped Hitler up in Munich."

Young civil servant Hugh Legat works closely alongside PM Neville Chamberlain.

Young  civil servant Hugh Legat (George MacKay) works closely alongside British PM Neville Chamberlain. (Image credit: Netflix)

Paul von Hartmann is a German diplomat.

Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewohner) is a German diplomat here with secretary Helen Winter (Sandra Huller). (Image credit: Netflix)

'Munich - The Edge Of War' cast — who is starring 

In Munich - The Edge of War Hollywood star Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers, The French Lieutenant's Woman) plays Britain's now much-maligned Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, a naive aristocrat who'd appeased Hitler much to the despair of fellow Conservative MP Winston Churchill. This movie looks at his desperate hope for peace and some of the reasons why he came to an agreement with Hitler over Czechoslovakia which was subsequently broken.

Chamberlain is accompanied to Munich by British civil servant Hugh Legat, one of Neville Chamberlain's trusted secretaries, who is played by George MacKay (The Trick, 1917, Pride, The Outcast, 11.22.63 and upcoming BBC1 drama The Gallows Pole). On the German diplomatic side, Hugh's one-time friend at Oxford University in the early 1930s is Paul von Hartmann is played by Jannis Niewohner. 

Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay plays Hugh's wife Pamela, Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst plays British Ambassador to Berlin Sir Neville Henderson, while Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal) is Sir Horace Wilson, an influential government official who accompanies Chamberlain to Munich. Vigil star Anji Mohindra plays British official Joan, while Abigail Cruttenden (Benidorm) plays Neville Chamberlain's wife.

Also look out for Martin Wuttke who plays Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Sandra Huller (Requiem) as secretary Helen Winter and Babylon Berlin star Liv Lisa Fries as Paul's von Hartmann's girlfriend Lenya.

George MacKay as Hugh Legat in 'Munich - The Edge of War'.

George MacKay as Hugh Legat in 'Munich - The Edge of War'. (Image credit: Netflix)

Paul von Hartmann is played by Jannis Niewohner in 'Munich - The Edge of War'.

German diplomat Paul von Hartmann is played by Jannis Niewohner in 'Munich - The Edge of War'. (Image credit: Netflix)

Jessica Brown Findlay plays Hugh Legat's wife Pamela.

Jessica Brown Findlay plays Hugh Legat's wife Pamela. (Image credit: Netflix)

Neville Chamberlain with British Ambassador to Berlin Sir Neville Henderson played by Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst.

Neville Chamberlain with British Ambassador to Berlin Sir Neville Henderson played by Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst. (Image credit: Netflix)

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Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s.