Christopher Nolan Directing WWII Action Thriller DUNKIRK December 29, 2015 ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Inception’ filmmaker Christopher Nolan will take the director’s chair for the epic action thriller ‘Dunkirk,’ directing from his own original screenplay. The large-scale film is set during the legendary evacuation of the northern French city during WWII, and will be headed by yet-to-be-cast unknowns. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy are currently in talks to join the ensemble. In addition to writing and directing, Nolan will also produce the project with his longtime producing partner and wife Emma Thomas. Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production over at Warner Bros. stated, “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.” ‘Dunkirk’ will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film photography for maximum image quality and high impact immersion. Principal photography is expected to get underway in May using many of the real locations of the true-life events, which form the background for the story. The film is pencilled in for a July 2017 release.