The Irish actor, who tends to keep a low profile, has been enlisted for Christopher Nolan‘s latest, which features usual suspects, Tom Hardy in one of the roles, Hans Zimmer providing the music score and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar).
He will join the cast, which also includes newcomer Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, as well as the more familiar faces of Kenneth Branaugh and Mark Rylance.
Details regarding the film are, in typical Nolan fashion, kept under wraps but we know that the film is based on an original script and will focus on Operation Dynamo, a miracle mission, which took place between May-June 1940 in Dunkirk and allowed for the evacuation of around 340 000 troops, part of Britain’s experienced professional army.
The impact of this event was made evident later on, in Churchill’s speech, which reinvigorated the nation’s jaded spirit.
Dunkirk which is currently deep in its pre-production stage will be shot in in a combination of 15/70mm IMAX film and Super Panavision 65mm film. Cameras are expected to start rolling in May with a release date set for July 21, 2017. Cillian Murphy was last seen in In The Heart Of The Sea and can be seen next in Ben Wheatley‘s crime drama Free Fire and Sean Ellis‘ bio drama Anthropoid.