Despite a distinct lack of Batmen or unrealistic sci-fi technology, it looks like Christopher Nolan’s next film will be a good, old-fashioned war movie. It might still be about the scientific power of love or a masked vigilante somehow getting from an underground prison to a faraway city before it explodes, but it’s hard to say. This comes from Deadline, which says the film will tell the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, a military mission in World War II in which the Allies evacuated a ton of soldiers from the beaches of France while the Nazis patiently/stupidly waited. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy are reportedly signed on, though the rest of the cast will be “made up largely of unknowns.” As we reported back in September, the film will be released on July 21, 2017, which was a weird thing to announce when we literally didn’t know anything else about the project.

Now, with this basic information established, we can get into the phase where Nolan and everyone else involved is super secretive about every single detail. Then the extremely mysterious trailers can come out, followed by the film’s release, and then the eventual backlash against the film.

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