Interstellar Cinematographer Reunites With Nolan For Dunkirk

INTERSTELLAR-Christopher Nolan Hoyte van Hoytema
Christopher Nolan and Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar)

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Christopher Nolan’s last film, Interstellar, had issues that really bugged me. It was close to being an instant classic, but a few key mistakes ultimately created an unsatisfying film (check out our two articles on what it got right and wrong, from a science standpoint).

Having said that, one of the best aspects of the film was the cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema, who replaced long time Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister, who instead went on to direct Johnny Depp in the box office and critical bomb, Transcendence. I guess van Hoytema must have made an impression, because Nolan is once again working with him for his upcoming film Dunkirk.

The cinematographer was recently accepted into American Society of Cinematographers which ran a piece on him. Buried in the first paragraphs, the introduction broke the news with this little blurb:

“Hoyte van Hoytema is currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan, with whom he first collaborated on Interstellar.”

Since Nolan usually focuses on one project at a time, it’s a forgone conclusion that the untitled feature is, in fact, Dunkirk. The film is based on the real life World War II event called Operation Dynamo in France, when the Allies led a mass evacuation of thier forces during the early years of the war.

Nolan tends to like working with the same artists, so reuniting with van Hoytema isn’t that much of a surprise. This will also mark Tom Hardy’s return to working with the director, and Hans Zimmer will once again compose the music. Still no word on whether Michael Caine will be back, but we’re pretty sure Nolan’s ‘lucky charm’ will.

It won’t be all regular faces returning to work with the director, as Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh have both been attached to the cast, as well. The lead characters will also be played by unknown teenagers, whom Nolan is busy casting in London right now.

Nolan will once again shoot on film using both IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film. Seeing how van Hoytema created some masterful shots in Interstellar, and shot Spectre, Her, The Fighter, Let the Right One In, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; the film couldn’t be in better hands.

Dunkirk will premiere in theaters on July 21, 2017.

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