Not since Tom Hanks hauled himself ashore in Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan has a World War II movie had such a star-studded line-up as Dunkirk.
This time it’s Christopher Nolan in the director’s chair, and the cast he’s assembled so far puts your average branch of Madame Tussauds to shame.
The Wrap is now reporting that Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Inception) is the latest to be added to the movie’s roster of stars that includes Tom Hardy, fresh from his performances in Oscar biggies Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant; sometime board-treader and all-round acting hero Kenneth Branagh; and Oscar-winner, Shakespeare-lover and BFG Mark Rylance. This will make it the fifth time Murphy’s teamed up with Nolan, after roles in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception.
The movie chronicles the evacuation of Dunkirk, a harbor in the north of France from which a hastily assembled fleet of boats rescued over 330,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers in spring 1940 after the German invasion of France.
It’s not just the big names that make it such a stellar cast either. Having made a star of Tom Hardy in Inception, it’s always worth paying attention when Nolan casts a relative unknown as the lead of one of his movies.
This time it’s Fionn Whitehead. Who is he? Well, the young Brit may not have many credits to his name, but he’s a member of the U.K.’s prestigious National Youth Theatre, whose former members include Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren, and Dan Stevens. No biggie.
He joins Jack Lowden, a young Scottish actor who’s just been cast as Morrissey in new biopic Steven, and Aneurin Barnard, most recently seen in War and Peace, in the main roles of the movie. Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s another tip for the top (you might have heard of him): Harry Styles will also be splashing about with a gun in the movie, signaling a possible change of career since One Direction split (sorry, sorry – since One Direction went on hiatus).
No word yet if Nolan’s good luck charm Michael Caine will be added to the castlist, but if he is, we’re not sure our heart can take it.
Filming gets underway in May in many of the real locations where the historical events occurred. And with Nolan shooting on film with Interstellar DOP Hoyte van Hoytema on board, expect a cinematic experience every bit as awe-inspiring as Spielberg’s 1998 World War II epic.
Dunkirk opens in theaters on July 21, 2017.Read More