As The Playlist first reported on Saturday, Christopher Nolan’s next film—already scheduled for July 21, 2017 by Warner Bros.—has been making the local press in the northern France, and now more details are emerging on the shape of the project. “Dunkirk,” set during the evacuation of Allied forces from the coastal town during the dark days of May and June, 1940, will begin shooting on location this spring in IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film. Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, and Kenneth Branagh are reportedly in talks to appear.
The film treatment of Operation Dynamo, as the evacuation was code named, was recently attempted by cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and director Joe Wright in 2007’s “Atonement,” which included a five-minute, one-take Steadicam shot of the beach at Dunkirk. Of course, given Nolan’s near-magical touch with artful, epic entertainments, it’s hard not to get excited about how he’ll dive into the removal of more than 300,000 troops across the English Channel.
Nolan is producing the project—which will star a number of to-be-determined “unknowns,” per Variety—with Emma Thomas.