Hoyte van Hoytema has certainly been making a name for himself in Hollywood lately. With blockbuster films like “Spectre” and “Interstellar” under his belt, the Swiss-born cinematographer is now poised to continue his foray into big-budget moviemaking by working with Christopher Nolan yet again for “Dunkirk.” The news was first reported by The Film Stage.
Before “Interstellar,” Nolan had exclusively worked with cinematographer Wally Pfister, save for his directorial debut, “Following.” The departure of Pfister (who went on to direct the lackluster Johnny Depp film, “Transcendence”) led many to speculate as to who the next director of photography would be for the meticulous and demanding Nolan. The British director chose none other than the BAFTA-nominated Hoytema to work the camera for “Interstellar.” The cinematography, which found Hoytema using 35mm film and IMAX 70mm film, received praise.
Hoytema has been known to collaborate with directors in the past, namely Tomas Alfredson. The Swedish director had worked with Hoytema on the critically acclaimed film “Let the Right One In,” as well as the Gary Oldman-starring “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy.” The DP first made a splash domestically by lensing David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” and Spike Lee’s “Her.” For his efforts, Hoytema was recently brought into the American Society of Cinematographers. The group first broke the news that he would be joining Nolan on his “next untitled project,” now confirmed to be “Dunkirk.”
Hoytema will certainly have his work cut out for him on the set of Nolan’s latest, which will use both IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film. Former Nolan collaborators Tom Hardy and composer Hans Zimmer are set to return, joining newcomers Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh in the ensemble World War II thriller. Catch “Dunkirk” in theaters July 21, 2017.