Director Christopher Nolan has taken moviegoers to a variety of settings over his career, from Gotham City in the Dark Knight trilogy to outer space in Interstellar. For his next movie, Dunkirk, he's going back in time to World War II to tell the story of the famed evacuation in the eponymous area. Now we finally have our first look at Nolan's latest blockbuster thanks to the first teaser trailer.
There isn't much in the way of plot revealed, but the Dunkirk trailer certainly sets up the setting well. As a clock ticks away in the background, we see various shots of a beach area, from its sandy shores to a seawall standing up to the powerful waves. We soon see soldiers gearing up for the big operation, including what look like shrouded bodies. The whole thing caps with may soldiers aboard a troop carrier huddling down when they hear an aircraft flying overhead, undoubtedly worrying that they're about to be attacked.
This preview perfectly captures what a teaser trailer is primarily meant to be. It's short, it doesn't give away a lot of story details, but it still manages to convey the tone and feel of the movie effectively. Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan's first foray into a World War II story, and thankfully, he's telling a tale that hasn't been seen before on the big screen. We'll have to wait for the next trailer to get a sense of what the movie's battles will look like, but for now, Nolan has set the stage remarkably.
Dunkirk will tell the story of the evacuation that took place early during World War II to rescue British, Belgian and French troops who were cut off by the Nazis in that area of France. The movie's cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and James D'Arcy. Appropriately, much of the movie's production took place in Dunkirk (we would have been disappointed if it didn't), but there was also shooting in the Doeset area of the United Kingdom, Los Angeles in the United States and a few other locations. Christopher Nolan also didn't spare any expense when it came to making Dunkirk look realistic, as he was reportedly given $5 million to buy a vintage World War II aircraft. He first attached some IMAX cameras to it to shoot some aerial sequences, but then he sent it spiraling to the ground so he could capture the fiery crash for the war epic. Effective, though a replica would have been better for preserving something so historical.
Dunkirk storms into theaters on July 21, 2017. Let us know what you thought of the first trailer in the comments below.