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Christopher Nolan to direct Dunkirk movie with Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh

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Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Nolan is to direct a film about Dunkirk, it has been confirmed.

The film will be based on his own original screenplay and will be set during the legendary 1940 evacuation in France.

The director, whose most recent film was Interstellar, intends to cast some unknown actors in the lead roles but is currently in talks with Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance to join the ensemble.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the large scale film will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film photography, and will begin shooting in May.

Warner Bros. previously announced that Nolan’s next film would be released on July 21, 2017, but at the time the studio did not give any other details. However, details of the new project began to emerge over Christmas when French newspapers reported that Nolan was planning a WWII movie.

They also revealed that the director and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, had been scouting in Dunkirk.

Although plot specifics remain under wraps, the story will be based around the 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied troops who found themselves surrounded by the German army in the French city of Dunkirk.

Commenting on the project, Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros, said: “We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time.

Dunkirk is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen.”

Nolan is also responsible for the Dark Knight trilogy of films.

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