Christopher Nolan Promises Dunkirk Will Be “Most Visceral” War Film Yet

Further details on Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance’s characters were also revealed

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk trailer
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Christopher Nolan offered up a first glimpse of his long-awaited World War II drama Dunkirk, during an appearance at CinemaCon, and it sounds brutal to say the least.

The Batman director debuts footage from the movie, which focuses on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940, in an appearance at the Las Vegas event. 

It also offered up another glimpse of the roles Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance will play in the new film, which is told through the eyes of three soldiers.

Speaking at the event in quotes carried by The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan also hinted at the film offering a bloody and brutal portrait of what was one of the biggest battles of the conflict.

“Dunkirk and the legend of it is something that British people grow up with – it’s in our DNA,” said Nolan. “The idea of taking this paradoxical situation and putting it on the big screen – it’s something that’s been close to my heart for some time, it’s something I didn’t think I was ready to do.” 

“I wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible, I wanted to take that audience and put them on that beach,” 

According to various reports the footage features two young soldiers attempting to get an injured soldier across a crowded bridge. 

Meanwhile Hardy’s character, who is a fighter pilot, is seen flying high above the battle scene while Rylance is captured taking a boat, packed with soldiers, out to sea.

All the while, a ticking sound can be heard, hinting at an explosive moment to come.

Rylance and Hardy are starring in the film alongside Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh with the movie due in cinemas on 21 July.

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