Christopher Nolan to Direct Action Thriller ‘Dunkirk’ for Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

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Christopher Nolan looks to be headed to France during World War II for his next project.

Sources tell Variety that Nolan will direct “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay as his next project. Insiders say the yet-to-be cast unknowns will lead the cast, but that Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy are in talks to join the ensemble.

Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner and wife, Emma Thomas.

The story is set during the legendary evacuation of the northern French city during WWII. Nolan and his casting department recently began testing teenagers in London for lead roles, but the director also wanted to nail down some choices for the few adult roles in the film before the holiday.

“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,” said Greg Silverman, president, Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “‘Dunkirk’ is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen.”

Warner Bros. has dated the film for July 21, 2017. The large-scale production will be shot on a combination of Imax 65mm and 65mm large format film for maximum image quality and high-impact immersion. Shooting will begin in May using many of the real locations of the true-life events, which form the background for the story.

Rylance, who received a Golden Globe nomination for “Bridge of Spies,” will next rejoin Steven Spielberg in “The BFG,” slated for 2017. He is repped by Hamilton Hodell.

Hardy, who is repped by CAA, can be seen in Fox and New Regency’s “The Revenant” while Branagh most recently helmed “Cinderella” for Disney.

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  1. david mitchell says:

    Christopher Nolan is the new Coppola

  2. Dave C says:

    I wonder what easily identifiable movie Nolan will reference this time! Private Ryan? Schindler’s List? Apocalypse Now?

  3. Andrew says:

    Nolan has never failed me in terms of how good his films are so quite looking forward to him injecting some life into a subject matterr that really has been done to death in film.

  4. Jo Cheng says:

    Why has Hollywood not made a major film of about the Japanese Americans of the 442nd Infantry during WWII? The heroics of these American soldiers deserves to be shown and celebrated. They were the most decorated unit in American history. As a producer/director/writer of such a project, just imagine the battle scenes, drama with their families being placed into internments camps and yet fighting for their country who put their families into internment camps. In my mind its a movie that is original, full of artistic potential and can really explore many different aspects of war and the human mind while educating the general public about their heroic deeds. Oh. yah. And it can help with increasing Hollywood diversity.

  5. 85wzen says:

    Well at least he isn’t doing Batman! Boy! He was the worst yet!

    • Super says:

      Very good reasons that you made. I mean I know most everyone else, film critics, and audiences have loved them and have made 1000s of lists, videos, and papers talking about why they are great movies, but that does not compare to your reasoning.

  6. James says:

    WW 2 movie? Yawn.

  7. Araf says:

    I bet it’s gonna be awesome!

  8. Kishore kumar biswas says:

    Ooooooooo…….Christopher Nolan’s new movie “DUNKIRK ” yeeepppeee tremendous fabulous he is my favorite director congrats and best of luck 🍀 Sir Nolan for his new project GOD BLESS HIM 😎😁

  9. harry georgatos says:

    I was for hoping Nolan’s next pic would have been an adaptation of the seminal “60’s tv show THE PRISONER.

    Still a fan of WW2 flicks and hope for the best for Nolan..

  10. Mike says:

    Boring. Enough with the WWII movies. I’ve seen so many, I feel like I personally fought it.

    • ad says:

      well don’t watch it then you moron

    • A Boomer says:

      World War II was the biggest conflict in human history…and its geo-political ramifications are still felt today. Millennials may find WW2 “boring” — but for millions of others, it still holds a powerful resonance and interest. Learn your history.

      • Mike says:

        I’m not a millenial. I’m a Baby Boomer which is why I have already seen 10,000 movies about WWII and at least a dozen dealing with Dunkirk in particular.

  11. Well That's Disappointing says:

    Can’t we get past WWII already? I really hope Nolan’s next project is something other than this.

    • politicaldefiance says:

      Nolan has never made a movie like this before, so I don’t really see how there’s anything to “get past” here.

  12. Sam says:

    Long-time producing partner, Emma Thomas is also Chris Nolan’s wife…

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