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Christopher Nolan to roll cameras on World War II film Dunkirk in May


- Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles to star

Christopher Nolan to roll cameras on World War II film Dunkirk in May
Director Christopher Nolan

British director Christopher Nolan (who recently directed Interstellar [+see also:
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) will commence principal photography in May at French locations on Dunkirk. The film will look at the evacuation of hundreds of thousands Allied troops from the beach and harbour of Dunkirk, France, after being hemmed in by the German army in 1940 during World War II. Code-named Operation Dynamo, the safe evacuation of most of the troops prompted then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to make his famous “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” speech in the British Parliament. 

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The cast includes Mark Rylance, fresh off his BAFTA and Oscar wins for Bridge of Spies, Tom Hardy (recently seen in The Revenant), Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn [+see also:
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), Jack Lowden (’71 [+see also:
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) and Aneurin Barnard (Mary, Queen of Scots [+see also:
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). One Direction singer Harry Styles will make his acting debut in Dunkirk while Fionn Whitehead (television’s Him) will make his debut appearance in a feature film.

Nolan will direct from his own script and will also produce alongside Emma Thomas via their UK production entity Syncopy. Warner Bros is on board in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment (US) and Syncopy. Greg Silverman, president, Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros, will serve as executive producer. The film will be shot on IMAX 65mm film and 65mm large format film.

Warner Bros has set 21 July 2017 as the release date.


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