Ever since news first broke in September that visionary director Christopher Nolan would direct a mystery project set for a 2017 release, speculation has swirled round the film fandom as to what it would be. In the past few days there has been numerous reports that his next movie would be a WWII drama.
Now we now for sure as Warner Bros have officially announced that Nolan will helm the upcoming Second World War epic titled ‘Dunkirk’.
The Warner Bros press release states that the film will be an ensemble with yet-to-be-cast unknown actors filling the lead roles while Oscar nominated director and actor Kenneth Branagh, Bridge of Spies standout and theatre veteran Mark Rylance and Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hardy are all talks to star in supporting roles. Hardy of course has previously worked with Nolan twice, playing conman Eames in Inception and the villainous Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Nolan will once again pair up to the make film with his long-time production partner/wife Emma Thompson. The script will be based on Nolan’s original screenplay and shooting will begin next May in France at many of the real locations where the legendary events took place.
The famous evacuation of Dunkirk saw 338,226 Allied soldiers pulled out from the beaches of North France after they were critically outnumbered by Nazi soldiers.
Dunkirk will be Nolan’s first ever film based on true events (unfortunately yes Batman is just a fictional character) and his second period movie after 2006’s excellent magic-based thriller The Prestige. Nolan’s directorial playground for a long time has been in the sci-fi genre, so it’ll be very interesting to see how he tackles a war film. With a sky-high reputation of delivering intelligent blockbusters such as The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, Nolan will surely do a magnificent job sitting in the director’s chair for Dunkirk.
The addition of Nolan’s WWII flick makes July 2017 an even more exciting month for movies as it joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, War of the Planet of the Apes and the untitled Spider-Man reboot which will all be released in the same four weeks.
Dunkirk will arrive in cinemas on July 21, 2017.