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Production on Christopher Nolan's next movie is underway.

In an official press release, Warner Bros. announced that Nolan's upcoming World War II drama Dunkirk is in production, revealing the first synopsis for the film. The announcement comes after on-set photographer Pierre Volot shared a series of photos to Twitter providing the first look at the movie, currently filming on location in Dunkirk, France.

As the official synopsis reads:

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The film follows Operation Dynamo, an Allied operation that evacuated more than 330,000 Allied soldiers from the German-surrounded seaport of Dunkirk from May to June, 1940.

Photos from Volot provide an even better look at the film, showing off Nolan's creative sets and props.

As would be expected, Nolan seems dedicated to practical effects and replicating the reality of war on the big screen. It helps that he's actually filming on location, but Volot's photos include matte painted trucks and soldiers that show Nolan is once again keeping things old school. The director's also shooting the movie on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film, which will surely capture the epic scale of the WWII operation.

Dunkirk should be an interesting project for Nolan, who's made a career of crafting prestige genre fare. Films like Memento, Inception, Interstellar and The Dark Knight trilogy have marked him as anything but a common filmmaker. There are plenty of World War II movies, but Nolan's large-scale style could bring something new to the genre, capturing the epic scope of the war and the bravery of the Allied troops during the Battle of Dunkirk.

The film's ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles. Dunkirk is slated for release July 21, 2017.

Are you excited for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk? Do you think Nolan can provide a new take on World War II? Let us know in the comments.


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