New ‘Dunkirk’ Trailer: Christopher Nolan Tackles WWII

Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

The first official trailer has been released for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated war film, Dunkirk.

Featuring a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Cillian Murphy, among many others, Dunkirk is an account of the 1940 WWII battle that took place in Dunkirk, France, where British and Allied troops found themselves trapped as German forces moved in.

“… Why [would they] waste precious tanks when they can pick us off from the air like fish in a barrel?”

“There are 400,000 men on this beach.”

And thus the hellish event is set. Soldiers find themselves panicking, some already defeated, as the enemy swoops in.

Nolan’s eye for strong visuals is more than evident, amped up by what appears to be strong cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema (The Fighter, Her, Interstellar) and an impressive cast. It looks like we’ll be following a number of characters as they make their way through this horrific battle, which could give us a powerful, layered, multiple-perspective account of what went down – assuming Nolan’s work as both screenwriter and director here is on point.

The film also boasts work from a number of regular Nolan collaborators, including Aussie editor Lee Smith (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Interstellar).

Personally, this one’s high on my most-anticipated list. Check out the big new trailer below.

Dunkirk, also starring Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Harry Styles, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney, arrives in Australia on June 29 and opens in the US on July 21.

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.


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