Watch the 1st Teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan has become, at the tender age of 46, a filmmaker whose name alone means immediate interest in a film. Like Spielberg, he has managed to make very personal, hugely ambitious studio films (Inception, Interstellar) along side blockbuster popcorn movies (albeit ones with complexity and heft) like his Batman trilogy, with The Dark Knight functioning, for us,  as the best film of the bunch.

For the first time, Nolan is working on a film rooted in history, and Warner Bros. has just dropped the first trailer to give us a little taste of what that looks like. Dunkirk is a World War II thriller that focuses on the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. It'll be interesting to see how Nolan marries his prodigious talent to a gritty piece of history. Spielberg famously recreated D-Day with astonishing force and clarity in Saving Private Ryan, and it will be intriguing to see how Nolan visualizes a moment during the war where the Nazis were on the brink of victory and Britain began discussing a conditional surrender to Germany. The evacuation of 33,000 soldiers from Dunkirk was a pivotal turning point in the war, one ripe for cinematic treatment from one of our most ambitious directors. 

Nolan has re-teamed with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), with Kenneth Branagh and Spielberg's go-to guy, Mark Rylance, also on board. Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema returns, as does Nolan's favorite composer, Hans Zimmer, is back to provide the score. The film's slated for a July 21, 2017 premiere. 

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