The next trailer for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk drops online this Friday and should be attached to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in U.S. theaters, starting on Thursday evening. Dunkirk is but one of multiple 2017 summer film season tentpoles launching new trailers with the Guardians sequel, in the process guaranteeing that a whole lot of moviegoers will be watching the preview this weekend alone. Sony Pictures is similarly reported to be using the Guardians followup to launch the first trailer for The Darker Tower, kicking the marking campaign for the Stephen King adaptation into full-gear.
Dunkirk, as written and directed by Nolan, dramatizes the real-life evacuation of Allied forces from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII from three different perspectives during the event: pilots engaging in aerial dogfights, soldiers leaving the shore and members of the army being rescued at sea. Providing a more intimate point-of-view for these story threads are such characters as an Allied fighter pilot portrayed by Tom Hardy (Nolan's Inception and The Dark Knight Rises collaborator); a boat captain who sets out to assist a battleship of soldiers, played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (The BFG); and young Allied soldiers on the beaches of Durkirk, played by such actors as Finn Whitehead and Harry Styles.
Some of the fresh Dunkirk footage shown at CinemaCon back in March should be included in the next (and, most likely, final) theatrical trailer for the film, in theaters this weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures has released a teaser for the preview in the meantime (see the video above), confirming the the full new trailer for Dunkirk drops online this Friday, May 5th at 9 am PST.
As with Nolan's most recent directorial efforts (The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, to be exact), the vast majority of Dunkirk was filmed in IMAX; including, on-the-ground battle sequences and those scenes done in a more personal, handheld style that directors generally don't attempt to shoot using IMAX cameras, on big-budget ventures of this size. For that reason, the new trailer for Dunkirk may wind up leaving a stronger impression on those who see it in a theater than watch it online only - making the decision to launch it with Guardians 2 in theaters (including, IMAX screens), all the smarter.
It sounds as though Dunkirk will have plenty to offer Nolan's biggest fans, including lines of action that unfold in different time frames, a la Inception (only this time, in a single reality and not different levels of dreams). The trailers for the movie should have little trouble selling film buffs on the project for that reason, but it will be interesting to see if the larger moviegoing masses turn out in Dunkirk in numbers similar to those for his most recent, non-Dark Knight related features too. Steven Spielberg's own WWII flick Saving Private Ryan was both a critical darling and summer box office success when it hit theaters - will Nolan's Dunkirk be able to repeat the same trick, arriving nearly twenty years later?
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Dunkirk (2017) release date: Jul 21, 2017