Dunkirk is an upcoming 2017 British war film written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The story is set in World War II and centres around the Dunkirk evacuation. Filming began on 23 May 2016 in Dunkirk, France.
Based on the Allied soldiers evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk between 26 May and 4 June 1940 during World War II. Allied soldiers from the British Empire, Belgium and France are surrounded by the German army on the beaches on Dunkirk and launch Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk.
Directed by Christopher Nolan who is the man behind numerous Hollywood blockbuster including The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar. Joining him will be legendary composer Hans Zimmer who has produced some of the best musical scores and worked alongside Nolan on numerous movies.
Principal photography commenced on 23 May 2016 in Dunkirk, France; in the months following, production proceeded in Urk, Netherlands, Swanage and Weymouth in Dorset, United Kingdom and at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, United States. Filming in Dunkirk took place in the same location as the real historical evacuation.
Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance were in talks to join the ensemble as supporting characters in late 2015.
Fionn Whitehead was cast as the lead in March 2016, and Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and Harry Styles were added to the list shortly after.
Cillian Murphy joined the following month. James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney were included in the line-up later that May.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan made a deal with Warner Bros. whereby he would receive a $20 million salary plus 20% of the box office gross, which makes it the most affluent deal since Peter Jackson received the same amount for King Kong.
In September 2015, Warner Bros. announced Dunkirk and set the film for a 21 July 2017 theatrical release.