Dunkirk is an upcoming 2017 British war film written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about it!
1.The story is set in World War II and centres around the Dunkirk evacuation. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium and France are surrounded by the German army on the beaches on Dunkirk and evacuate it in Operation Dynamo between 26 May and 4 June 1940.
2. Hoyte van Hoytema was chosen as cinematographer. Hoytema previously collaborated with director Christopher Nolan on his 2014 film Interstellar.
3. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance were in talks to join the ensemble as supporting characters in late 2015. Fionn Whitehead was cast as the lead in March 2016, and Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and Harry Styles were added to the list shortly after. Cillian Murphy joined the following month. James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney were included in the line-up later that May.
4. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan made a deal with Warner Bros. whereby he would receive a $20 million salary plus 20% of the box office gross, the most affluent deal since Peter Jackson received the same amount for King Kong.[
5. Principal photography commenced on 23 May 2016 in Dunkirk, France; in the months following, production proceeded in Urk, Netherlands, Swanage and Weymouth in Dorset, United Kingdom and at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, United States.
6. Filming in Dunkirk took place in the same location as the real historical evacuation.
7. In the course of shooting, Dunkirk operated under the codename “Bodega Bay”.
8. The film was shot on a combination of IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock.
9. Nolan reconditioned actual warships for the shoot, including the French Navy destroyer Maillé-Brézé,and reportedly spent $5 million of the budget on a vintage aircraft so as to attach it with IMAX cameras before crashing it on-screen.
10. Avoiding the use of CGI, cardboard cut-out props of soldiers and military vehicles were employed to create the illusion of a large army
11. By January 2016, composer Hans Zimmer had already begun working on the score
12. In September 2015, Warner Bros. announced Dunkirk and set the film for a 21 July 2017 theatrical release, after which it will be projected on IMAX, 70 mm and 35 mm film.
13. Theatres equipped with celluloid projectors reserved the right to show the film early, on 19 July 2017
14. According to data analytics firm ListenFirst Media, it generated the most Twitter engagement of all the trailers that were released that week.
15. The second trailer was released on 14 December 2016, and shortly thereafter, a seven-minute preview will be displayed prior to select 70mm IMAX showings of Rogue One.
16. This is director Christopher Nolan’s first movie since Isomnia (2002) not to feature Michael Caine, except Memento.
17. First Christopher Nolan movie to be based on historical events. All of his other movies have either been original scripts, remakes, novel/short story adaptations, or comic book adaptations.
18. Christopher Nolan received a $20 million salary against 20% of the box office gross, the biggest deal for any director since Peter Jackson received the same amount with Κινγκ Κονγκ (2005).
19. 1,500 extras, a crane and a spitfire were used to recreate the miraculous evacuation of 333,000 allied troops
20. According to La Voix Du Nord, via The Playlist, Nolan’s next movie is a World War II film based on Operation Dynamo, which was a miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force BEF and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk which took place from May to June.
21. In order to avoid the use of computer generated imagery the production had cardboard cut-out props of soldiers and military vehicles placed in the far background of shots to create the illusion of a large army.
22. Third Christopher Nolan movie to be written entirely by Chris, the others being Following and Inception. Memento was based on His brother, Jonathan’s story. The Dark Knight, The Prestige, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar were co-written by Jonathan. Batman Begins was co-written by David S. Goyer. (Insomnia wasn’t credited to Nolan).
23. One Direction band member Harry Styles won his role from the general casting for the film.
24. This will be Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy’s fourth collaboration, after Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Peaky Blinders (2013).
25. Christopher Nolan’s sixth collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer. They previously worked together on The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar. Zimmer received an Oscar Nomination for both Inception and Interstellar.
26. Harry Styles had a personal bodyguard on set, because of the female attention.
27. The British coalition government considered asking Benito Mussolini, who was still officially neutral despite having signed the Pact of Steel, to broker a negotiated end to the war in May 1940 during the invasion of France.
28. Andrew Simpson was reportedly in talks for one of the main characters.
29. And some historical facts.. After the Phoney War, the Battle of France began in earnest on 10 May 1940. To the east, the German Army Group B invaded the Netherlands and advanced westward. In response, the Supreme Allied Commander—French General Maurice Gamelin—initiated “Plan D” and entered Belgium to engage the Germans in the Netherlands.
30. The plan relied heavily on the Maginot Line fortifications along the German-French border, but German forces had already crossed through most of the Netherlands before the French forces arrived. Gamelin instead committed the forces under his command, three mechanised armies, the French First and Seventh and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to the River Dyle.
31. On 14 May, German Army Group A burst through the Ardennes and advanced rapidly to the west toward Sedan, then turned northward to the English Channel, in what Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein called the “Sickle Cut” (known as “Plan Yellow” or the Manstein Plan), effectively flanking the Allied forces.
32. A series of Allied counter-attacks—including the Battle of Arras—failed to sever the German spearhead, which reached the coast on 20 May, separating the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) near Armentières, the French 1st Army, and the Belgian Army further to the north from the majority of French troops south of the German penetration.
33. After reaching the Channel, the German forces swung north along the coast, threatening to capture the ports and trap the British and French forces before they could evacuate to Britain.
34. In one of the most widely debated decisions of the war, the Germans halted their advance on Dunkirk. Contrary to popular belief, what became known as the “Halt Order” did not originate with Adolf Hitler.
35. Field Marshals Gerd von Rundstedt and Günther von Kluge suggested that the German forces around the Dunkirk pocket should cease their advance on the port and consolidate, to avoid an Allied breakout. Hitler sanctioned the order on 24 May with the support of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW).