A couple of days ago rumours starting swirling that Christopher Nolan’s next movie would be about the epic evacuation of allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II. That’s now been confirmed, with THR adding that Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh are both in talks to star.
Nolan also wrote the screeplay and, as he did for his Dark Knight movies and Insterstellar, the director will shoot certain sequences in IMAX, this time using IMAX 65mm alongside 65mm large format film photography for the rest of the movie. However, as this is Nolan, there are no exact details on the plot, nor info on what roles Hardy and Branagh will be playing. It’s believed the rest of the cast will largely be unknowns.
Warner Bros. President Greg SIlverman commented, “We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time. Dunkirk is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen.”
The Dunkirk evacuation ocurred in May 1940, when Belgian, British, and French soldiers in Northern France were cut off and surrounded by the German Army. It was a giant military disaster – something even Winston Churchill acknowledged in a speech in the House Of Commons – with hundreds of thousands of men trapped, with the German Army on one side and the sea on the other. A massive evacuation was put into operation, with Naval vessels joined by an armada of ‘little ships’, such as fishing boats, small ferries, tourist boats, lifeboats and merchant marine craft, which braved the seas and German guns in order to help rescue over 300,000 men.
The evacuation is one of the most incredible stories of the war – an event which could have allowed the Germans to win if the men had not been saved. Nolan’s movie will be released July 21st, 2017.