Dunkirk Teaser Trailer: Christopher Nolan Tackles WWII

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's WWII epic Dunkirk, an action thriller starring Tom Hardy.

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Christopher Nolan is arguably one of the hottest names in directing today. With films such as Inception, The Prestige, along with the fan favorite superhero trilogy The Dark Knight to the filmmaker's credit as both a writer and a director, a Christopher Nolan movie – regardless of the genre – has become a tentpole event for audiences around the globe.

With rumors circulating concerning the identity of the filmmaker's next project only months ago, it was theorized by many that Nolan might have tackled the live-action feature-length adaptation of the beloved anime Akira, but those rumors were squashed when it was finally announced that the director would be setting his sights on the second World War for his upcoming epic Dunkirk. The 46-year-old filmmaker has been historically secretive concerning his projects, so chatter surrounding this highly anticipated film has been fairly quiet until now.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's WWII epic Dunkirk, described by the studio as an action thriller starring Tom Hardy. Joining Hardy are the likes of Cillian Murphy (Inception), Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), and One Direction's Harry Styles who will be making his feature film debut.

Dunkirk Teaser Trailer

As a teaser trailer, this preview clocks in at just over one minute and does not give too many (if any) plot points away. The teaser does serve to build suspense, but generally speaking, this video is primarily intended to serve as an announcement to audiences that a brand new Nolan-directed film is on its way. Dunkirk is slated to follow the historical 1940 evacuation of the city in France by the same name. The aforementioned evacuation saved the lives of thousands of stranded allied forces from an impending attack by German troops during WWII.

Featuring a few landscapes and a tense soundtrack, the Dunkirk teaser does not showcase any of the main characters – at least none that we can see clearly – but seeing as how it has been almost two years since the last Nolan-written and directed film, audiences will likely take any videos or pictures they can get their hands on concerning this highly anticipated picture.

It is still almost a year out from the theatrical release of the next Nolan film, but even still, Dunkirk is a safe early bet for Oscar consideration at the 2018 Academy Award's ceremony.

Dunkirk will arrive in U.S. theaters July 21, 2017.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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