Christopher Nolan’s WWII Drama ‘Dunkirk’ Nabs Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema

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Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII drama, “Dunkirk,” is shaping up nicely. Frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer is on board for the score; Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy are on board to star, and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has now signed on as well.

Hoyte van Hoytema, who previously worked with Nolan on “Interstellar,” has certainly been busy as of late. In recent years, Hoytema has worked on films such as “Spectre,” “Let the Right One In,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Fighter,” and “Her.” The news was first reported by The Film Stage.

According to the outlet, the American Society of Cinematographers first broke the news that Hoytema would join Nolan for an undisclosed project, which turned out to be “Dunkirk.”

The Film Stage gives this description of the film: “Shooting partially on location in Dunkirk, the film is reportedly inspired by Operation Dynamo, a miracle of a mission in 1940 where nearly 340,000 Allied troops were rescued after being trapped by the Nazis in this northern area of France.”

Prior to “Interstellar,” Nolan had exclusively worked with cinematographer Wally Pfister (excluding his first film, “Following”). Pfister went on to direct the film “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp. According to Indie Wire, Pfister’s departure led many to wonder who would be chosen to work next with the “meticulous and demanding Nolan.”

Naturally, the British director chose to work with Hoytema on his critically divided space opera, “Interstellar.” Despite the divided reviews by critics and fans, many praised Hoytema’s cinematography, which utilized 35mm film and IMAX 70mm film.

“Dunkirk” will be the first directorial effort since 2014 by Nolan, who’s known for undertaking massive film projects with big ideas. He is also attached to the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as executive producer.

“Dunkirk” is slated for a July 21st, 2017 release. The film is supposed to start production in early summer, and will be shot in IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film.