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Christopher Nolan’s next film is a World War II thriller titled Dunkirk

Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance are "in talks" to join the cast

Dunkirk (Warner Bros.)
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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Christopher Nolan’s next feature-length film following last year’s Interstellar would open in theaters on July 21st, 2017. Now, a report from French newspaper La Voix du Nord (via Deadline) has dug up new details on the project.

According to the regional publication, Nolan has been scouting locations in the country for a World War II thriller centered around Operation Dynamo, the historic 1940 Dunkirk evacuation that saved nearly 350,000 Allied soldiers from the German army.

Sources confirmed the news to Variety, adding that the Warner Bros. film would be titled simply Dunkirk, and that Nolan would direct as well as pen his own original screenplay. Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), and Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) are supposedly “in talks” to join the project, insiders close to the outlet say.

Nolan has used France as a backdrop for his past works, most notably filming some Inception scenes in Paris. Local production company Peninsula film, which also worked on the 2009 Leonardo DiCaprio-starring flick, has reportedly been enlisted to work on Dunkirk. Shooting is expected to begin in May on 65mm and IMAX 65mm.

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