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Last month, we showed you the first set photos from director Christopher Nolan's World War II movie Dunkirk as production got under way in France. This drama is based on the true story of a harrowing military operation to rescue more than 330,000 Allied troops, after they were trapped at the harbor of Dunkirk, France. Today we have a new report which claims that director Christopher Nolan's commitment to practical effects may have cost Warner Bros. a cool $5 million.
Indie Revolver has a new report where their sources claim the studio paid a whopping $5 million to purchase a vintage World War II aircraft for the production. The site's sources claim that Christopher Nolan will outfit this plane with IMAX cameras for some aerial scenes, before actually crashing the plane. The site's sources also claim that Warner Bros. believes Dunkirk could be as big of a hit as the director's 2010 smash hit Inception, »
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller Dunkirk is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) is directing Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles, and today we have the first photos from the France set.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall), Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Henry V) and Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. »
“Dunkirk” will focus on the rescue through a quickly assembled British fleet of more than 800 boats, which saved more than 335,000 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army. As the rescue was concluding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Parliament, “We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
The cast includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden and Barry Keoghan. »
- Dave McNary
While he’s been in France for some time doing pre-production and test shoots, today Christopher Nolan officially commences production on his Interstellar follow-up, the World War II drama Dunkirk. Warner Bros. announced the start of production, including a synopsis which reads, “Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.”
The main cast has also been confirmed with Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, and Tom Glynn-Carney. Variety has also chimed in that Damien Bonnard (star of Staying Vertical, which just premiered at Cannes) has joined the cast.
Check out the first set photos below, mostly thanks to photographer Pierre Volot, following the press release.
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- Jordan Raup
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller Dunkirk is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) is directing Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Christopher Nolan has a list of regulars he uses on each film, but after making four straight pictures together — "The Dark Knight" trilogy and "Inception" — Cillian Murphy was not invited to the party for "Interstellar." But he's back on the roster for Nolan's next effort, which features a rather eclectic cast. Murphy is joining newcomer Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, One Direction singer Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh in "Dunkirk." The film is inspired by Operation Dynamo, the near-miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (Bef) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk, which took place from May-June of 1940. Hoyte van Hoytema ("Interstellar") is lensing the picture, with Hans Zimmer providing the score. Murphy will join Hardy, Rylance and Branagh in a supporting role, with the younger actors taking the lead. No word yet »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Cillian Murphy in Dunkirk news comes via The Wrap who report that Murphy, who has also worked with Nolan on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, will re-team with the British director for the World War II film, based around the famous battle of Dunkirk. Murphy will join fellow actors Tom Hardy (who is also a frequent flyer with Nolan), Bridge Of Spies Oscar-winner Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh.
The film will focus on the evacuation of Dunkirk during the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces. Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, and One Direction star Harry Styles are »
- Paul Heath
Christopher Nolan is a director who likes to use the same actors over and over again, and why wouldn’t he? Almost all of his films are near-masterpieces, and his casts always do impeccable jobs. So, it’s no surprise then that for his upcoming WWII action-thriller, Dunkirk, the director has pulled in some familiar faces.
We already know that Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh have roles in the film, among others, and today, we’re hearing that frequent Nolan collaborator, Cillian Murphy, has signed on as well. No word yet on who he’ll be playing, but we do know that the film tells the story of the “evacuation of Dunkirk during the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces.”
- Josh Wilding
With production kicking off in just over a month, Christopher Nolan has been assembling his ensemble for Dunkirk, an IMAX-shot World War II actioner that Warner Bros. have given a prime summer spot on their 2017 slate. Having already cast some familiar faces (Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy), newcomers (Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, and Fionn Whitehead), and a requisite One Direction member (Harry Styles), another name has been added to the call sheet.
The Wrap reports that Cillian Murphy, who worked with Nolan on Inception and The Dark Night trilogy, has joined the project. While his specific role is unknown, he’ll be more on the supporting side alongside the well-known group of Hardy, Branagh and Rylance. Murphy, who has done fantastic work in films such as Sunshine and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, will also be seen in Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire later this year.
Shooting partially on location in Dunkirk, »
- Jordan Raup
Remember when we brought you the news that relative newcomer Fionn Whitehead was circling one of two lead roles in Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic, Dunkirk? Deadline is reporting that the Warner Bros. production has narrowed down its search for another smaller role and, well, you might want to sit down for this one.
According to multiple sources close to the set, it is One Direction star Harry Styles who has emerged as a left-field addition to the early ensemble, potentially joining Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance in Warner’s wartime drama.
With zero acting credentials to his name – barring a rumored role in the sophomore season of Scream Queens – to say that Styles is an unlikely choice for a weighty Nolan period piece is something of an understatement, but we’ll reserve judgement until more information comes to light about this casting nugget.
Behind the IMAX camera – and yes, »
- Michael Briers
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale; that’s the echelon of leading characters scattered across Christopher Nolan’s recent body of work. But according to The Wrap, the esteemed director may be about to shift gears for his 2017 WWII epic, Dunkirk.
Rather than be drawn to a proven A-lister, the report suggests that Nolan has his eyes set on relative newcomer Fionn Whitehead. Circling one of the two young leads for Warner Bros.’ wartime drama, Whitehead has but one role to his name thus far – ITV miniseries Him – meaning the youngster could be primed for the casting coup of a lifetime should the deal fall into place. No further details were disclosed at this stage.
Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance topline the preliminary cast and after scouting for appropriate locations in northerly France before the turn of the year, Nolan is ready to fire up production. There, he »
- Michael Briers
43rd Annie Awards
"Boy and the World" took Best Independent Animated Feature, while "He Named Me Malala" scored a Best Animated Special Production and "World of Tomorrow" won Best Animated Short Subject. Other awards went to titles like "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas," "The Good Dinosaur" and the game "Evolve". [Source: Variety]
Paramount has acquired the rights to the Leonardo DiCaprio-led "Conquest" with Davis Entertainment producing. Plot details are under wraps. "The Revenant" co-writer Mark. L. Smith penned the script and John Davis will produce. [Source: The Wrap]
"Interstellar" cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the latter's World War II action thriller "Dunkirk". Production is slated to begin in May and will use a combination of »
- Garth Franklin
While director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister have a long standing relationship that stretches all the way back to Nolan's 2001 directorial debut Memento, it sounds like the filmmaker is taking on a different collaborator for his upcoming WWII drama Dunkirk. While many suspected that Wally Pfister would be coming aboard, Nolan has instead decided to go with his Interstellar director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema. The movie shoots this summer.
Dunkirk was announced in late December as director Christopher Nolan's next project. He has since been busy prepping the true-life tale. Composer Hans Zimmer, who created all of the music for the Dark Knight trilogy will be back to score the adventure drama. And the secondary cast is being played by heavy hitters such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh. The main actors in the film will be mostly unknowns, which are still in the process of being cast. »
Christopher Nolan‘s next movie, the World War II action thriller Dunkirk, will already serve as a reunion for several of the filmmakers previous collaborators. Tom Hardy is slated to star in the film and Hans Zimmer will compose the score. And now one more name who has worked with Nolan preivously has come on board […]
- Ethan Anderton
Having already recruited German composer and good-luck charm Hans Zimmer, Christopher Nolan is set to welcome back Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Let the Right One In, Spectre) for World War II drama Dunkirk.
First collaborating for Interstellar in 2014, Nolan and Van Hoytema’s working relationship was almost born out of necessity, given that the director’s reliable director of photography Wally Pfister – who has served as Dp on every Nolan film since his debut feature film Following – opted to forego the cerebral sci-fi film in favor of directing fellow genre piece, Transcendence.
But considering that Hoyte van Hoytema had by that stage attracted the attention of the Academy through his work on Her and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Nolan landed on a winner. Seemingly keen to keep the ball rolling, The Film Stage reports that the pair will collaborate once again for Dunkirk, swapping futuristic science fiction and wormholes »
- Michael Briers
Good news to report, Nolan fans! Nolan's new favorite cinematographer is coming back to work on his next film. Christopher Nolan is reteaming with Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema for his next film currently titled Dunkirk, about the Allied evacuation from Dunkirk, France during the early part of WWII. This isn't surprising at all and it's exactly what we expected for this production, but this is the first time we've seen confirmation. The news is from a report on the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) website via The Film Stage announcing that van Hoytema is a now a member of the Asc (he's also part of the Fsf and Nsc in Sweden and The Netherlands). Hoytema last worked with Nolan to shoot Interstellar. An Asc Award nominee for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which also screened in competition at Camerimage, van Hoytema is currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan, »
- Alex Billington
Hoyte van Hoytema has certainly been making a name for himself in Hollywood lately. With blockbuster films like "Spectre" and "Interstellar" under his belt, the Swiss-born cinematographer is now poised to continue his foray into big-budget moviemaking by working with Christopher Nolan yet again for "Dunkirk." The news was first reported by The Film Stage. Before "Interstellar," Nolan had exclusively worked with cinematographer Wally Pfister, save for his directorial debut, "Following." The departure of Pfister (who went on to direct the lackluster Johnny Depp film, "Transcendence") led many to speculate as to who the next director of photography would be for the meticulous and demanding Nolan. The British director chose none other than the BAFTA-nominated Hoytema to work the camera for "Interstellar." The cinematography, which found Hoytema using »
- Riyad Mammadyarov
When Christopher Nolan went into outer space for "Interstellar," it was without longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, who had been with the director since "Memento," but turned to a directing career of his own starting with the unfortunate "Transcendence." Nolan's choice to lens his ode to the galactic power of love was Hoyte van Hoytema, who had quite the resumé behind him with "The Fighter," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and "Her." And it seems Nolan was pleased his work on "Interstellar." Read More: Tom Hardy, Kennegh Branagh, And Mark Rylance To Star In Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Hoytema has now joined the American Society Of Cinematographers, and in the announcement, it's revealed that he "is currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan." That would be "Dunkirk" (not the official title, but the one being used for now), Nolan's WWII picture »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Say what you will about Interstellar and its plot, but I found the film to be a visual masterpiece. Between the grounded shots on earth and the ethereal shots in space, the movie was an absolute joy to watch. Those who enjoyed the look of that picture, like myself, will be happy to hear that director Christopher Nolan will once again be working with Hoyte van Hoytema (who was the director of photography on Interstellar) for his next movie, Dunkirk, the American Society of Cinematographers reports.
Dunkirk will be filmed from an original screenplay by Christopher Nolan himself, and will be his first attempt at a war film. Given the filmmakers recent foray into the abstract with movies like Inception and Interstellar, this will be a nice refresh for those looking for a more grounded picture for Nolan.
Dunkirk will be shot on a combination of both IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film, »
- Joseph Medina
As Christopher Nolan prepares for an early summer shoot of his World War II drama Dunkirk, he’s busy filling out his cast and crew. With composer Hans Zimmer returning, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy are filling out the ensemble and many unknown newcomers are still waiting to be cast. Set to shoot in IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film, many have wondered if longtime collaborator Wally Pfister would return or perhaps he’d reteam with Interstellar‘s Hoyte van Hoytema.
It looks like it will be the latter, as the announcement that Hoytema has deservedly joined the American Society of Cinematographers includes a note that he is “currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan, with whom he first collaborated on Interstellar.” Following his work on Spectre, Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In, and more, we look forward to how he pulls »
- Jordan Raup
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