Christopher Nolan has taken moviegoers to a lot places over the years, from Gotham City and early 1900s London to outer space and dreams themselves. Next year, he's going back in time to World War II for Dunkirk, which will depict the eponymous evacuation for the big screen. Until now, Dunkirk has been expected to be released on July 21, 2017, but a new report states that it could arrive a couple days earlier for select theaters, and we don't mean ones located in specific cities like Los Angeles and New York City.
Those who have closely followed Christopher Nolan's career know how fond he is of physical film, to the point that he is one of the most notable directors fighting to keep it alive rather than only rely on digital production. Indie Revolver has now heard that Nolan and Warner Bros plan to show their appreciation to theaters still projection film by releasing Dunkirk at those locations on July 19, two days earlier. Should this information be legitimate, it wouldn't be the first time this has happened for a Christopher Nolan movie. 2014's Interstellar was also released two days early at 240 theaters across 77 markets since they were able to screen various kinds of physical film.
Whether you're a film lover or prefer the digital format, releasing Dunkirk two days early at select theaters will definitely be welcome for the former group. Not only will they get to see Christopher Nolan's flick 48 hours before other theaters will screen their digital versions, but it will be in a format they prefer. Regardless, Nolan has built up enough goodwill with Warner Bros that we wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if they gave him the okay on this decision. And for those of you who either don't live near one of these select theaters, you'll still get to watch it following its primary release date.
Taking place during 1940, Dunkirk will tell the story of the evacuation during World War II to rescue British, French and Belgian troops that were surrounded by Nazi forces in Dunkirk, France. The movie's cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden and James D'Arcy. So far only one trailer for the flick has been released, and while it didn't reveal show in the way of plot or character interactions, it certainly provided an intense peek of what's to come. A lot of World War II movies have been made over the decades, but this particular true life tale is being told on the big screen for the first time, so Nolan is skimming through uncharted waters.
As mentioned above, Dunkirk is confirmed to hit theaters everywhere on July 21, 2017. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the most relevant updates surrounding the movie.