Christopher Nolan Will Direct Action Thriller 'Dunkirk' For Warner Bros.

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Legendary filmmaker Christopher Nolan will direct Dunkirk from his original screenplay as his next project, Variety (via The Hollywood Reporter) reports. The film is set in France during World Wa II, and sources say that the yet-to-be cast unknowns will lead the cast, but that Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy are currently in talks to join the project.

The story is set during the legendary evacuation of the northern French city during World War II. According to THR, Nolan and his casting department already started testing teenagers in London for lead roles, but the filmmaker also wanted to confirm 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," Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production said. "‘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 set the film's release date on July 21, 2017. The large-scale production will be filmed on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film for maximum image quality and high impact immersion. Production begins in May using various real locations of true-live events.