The story centers on the 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied troops who were surrounded by the German army in the French city of Dunkirk. Here I leave these fast facts:
- Dunkirk, a World War II film written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, is the first since 1958 to focus on the “miracle of the little ships”.
- Filming began on 23 May 2016 in Dunkirk, France, in the same location as the real historical evacuation.
- The film is starred by Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles. Lead characters are played by unknown teenage actors, which Nolan was looked for in London for a little while now.
- Nolan reconditioned actual warships for the shoot, including the French Navy destroyer Maillé-Brézé,
- Nolan spent $5 million of the budget on a vintage aircraft so as to attach it with IMAX cameras before crashing it on-screen.
- Nolan avoided the use of CGI, cardboard cut-out props of soldiers and military vehicles were employed to create the illusion of a large army.
- Filming was shot on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema.
- Nolan will received a $20 million salary plus 20% of the box office gross from Warner Bros. This is the most affluent deal since Peter Jackson received the same amount for King Kong.
- Warner Bros. like distributor, has set the film for a 21 July 2017 theatrical release.
- Theatres equipped with celluloid projectors have reserved the right to show the film early, on 19 July 2017.