Despite what many of them may think, there are actually very few Hollywood directors who have true star power. Filmmakers boasting such an incredible body of work that their name alone being attached to a project is enough to get fans on board and studios trusting their every creative call, regular conservative Hollywood practice be damned. Christopher Nolan is, without a shred of doubt, one of these star directors. So after a career of making twisty, mindbending thrillers, ambitious and groundbreaking sci-fi epics and gritty reimaginings of superhero comic books, if Nolan says he wants to make a traditional WWII drama, that happens to co-star one of the guys from One Direction, you damn well let him!
And that brings us to Dunkirk, said upcoming WWII drama which focuses on the miraculous Operation Dynamo, a complex and often calamitous operation to rescue nearly 400,000 Allied soldiers trapped on the beach of Dunkirk, France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. It was a pivotal and somewhat controversial moment in WWII and it’s getting the Nolan treatment.
And now you can get your first glimpse of exactly what that looks like (spoiler alert: it’s gorgeous as Nolan filmed it all with 65mm IMAX cameras in the real-world locations) as the first trailer has been released below!
Dunkirk‘s leads are comprised mostly of newcomers, like Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, and of course the aforementioned boyband singer/songwriter Styles. But these young ‘uns are bolstered by some veteran talent in the forms of recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG), Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), Cillian Murphy (Inception, Batman Begins), James D’Arcy (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Cloud Atlas) and Tom Hardy (The Revenant, The Dark Knight Rises). For this film, Nolan broke from tradition in penning the script with his brother Jonathan Nolan (who may be too busy showrunning this little HBO sci-fi show you may have heard of) and instead wrote it himself.
Dunkirk is scheduled for release on July 21, 2017.
Last Updated: December 15, 2016