Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK Is Now Shooting, Has A Synopsis

Nolan does WW2.

What with everything else that's been going on - a Shane Black renaissance, Preacher arriving on television, the ongoing shenanigans at the DCEU - it's been all to easy to forget that there's a new Christopher Nolan film headed our way.

Yeah, you remember! Dunkirk!

There've been precious few updates on the film since the beginning of the year (a quick glance at the archives reveals we've only run two stories on Dunkirk since December, the most notable of which features a particularly savage header photo), but today that changes: filming has begun, and Warner Bros. has an official synopsis to share. Here's what it says:

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.

You might also recall that Dunkirk has one helluva cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy. It will also feature Harry Styles, the tousle-haired scamp known primarily for his work with a UK boy band called One Direction. On the crew side, you've got Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) serving as DP, production design from Nathan Crawler (also of Interstellar), editor Lee Smith (Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy), and a visual effects supervisor by the name of Andrew Jackson (from a little movie called Mad Max: Fury Road). The inclusion of Styles still strikes me as bizarre, but whatever. Everything else certainly seems in order.

Some images from the film's first day of filming have also popped up on Twitter (thanks to @pierrevolot). I will embed some of them for you now.

Head on over to Volot's Twitter page to see even more behind-the-scenes pics, and stay tuned for more on this one as updates arrive. 

Dunkirk arrives on July 21, 2017. It will be probably be bombastic.