Christopher Nolan has become one of the few directors in Hollywood to push new boundaries in cinema over the last twenty years. His films include Memento (2000), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2009) and his most recent 2014 offering Interstellar. Having received three Academy Award nominations in the space of just nine years, the writer/director looks to continue his hot streak with Dunkirk, a film set in WWII during the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Nolan’s new film has been kept very much under wraps, but we do have some details including the films cast, featuring the incredible talents of Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead, and we know that Nolan is credited as the film’s writer, co-producer and director. Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema returns to collaborate with the director on Dunkirk, so we can expect to see some more breathtaking visuals, as is so often the case with Nolan’s films.
It was announced that principal photography on the movie had begun as of May in Dunkirk (France) with the production scheduled to proceed in Urk (Netherlands), Swanage and Weymouth in Dorset (United Kingdom) and then to Los Angeles (United States). According to a variety of reports, Nolan reconditioned a handful of WWII battleships for the film, and also decided to spend $5 million of Dunkirk’s budget on a vintage aircraft, only to attach IMAX cameras to it and film the thing crashing to the ground.
The action thriller is being shot on a combination of, the aforementioned, IMAX 65mm, and 65mm large format film stock, and these breathtaking big-screen sequences will be shown in conjunction with a score by the one and only Hans Zimmer, whose prior compositional works in film include The Lion King (1994), for which he received an Academy Award, Gladiator (2000) and Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-12).
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Dunkirk is scheduled for a July 21st, 2017 release.