Cillian Murphy Joins Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy is signing up for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII action-drama “Dunkirk.” The two previously worked together on “Inception” and the “Dark Knight” trilogy.

TheWrap, who first reported the news, says that Murphy will play a supporting role alongside previously announced stars Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy. Newcomers Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and One Direction crooner Harry Styles also star.

Nolan wrote the screenplay for the film, which tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during Operation Dynamo at the beginning of World War II. The operation would ultimately save around 330,000 Allied soldiers from the surrounding German forces. In addition to directing and writing, Nolan is also producing with Emma Thomas.

Frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer is on board for the score, and Hoyte van Hoytema is on board for cinematography. 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 about van Hoytema was first reported by The Film Stage.

Murphy was last seen on the big screen alongside Chris Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker in “In the Heart of the Sea.” He has several projects in the works, including “Free Fire” with Brie Larson and “Anthropoid” with Jamie Dornan.

“Dunkirk” will be the first directorial effort since 2014 by Nolan, who’s known for undertaking massive film projects with big ideas.

“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.