The first teaser for director Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming World War II flick Dunkirk doesn’t last too long–but it will stay with you for hours. In under a minute, we see a lone figure on the beach walking out toward a rolling bank of ocean waves; several tarp-covered bodies being nearly buried by huge gusts of sand; and, most dramatically, a swarm of Allied soldiers huddled together at sea, their eyes growing wider and a noise growing louder as they look to the sky–and then quickly take cover. “At the point of crisis, at the point of annihilation, survival is victory,” reads the film’s tag. And that’s all–just a few dozen seconds of gorgeous-looking, suitably cryptic Nolan imagery. Yowza!
Dunkirk, which Nolan also wrote, is his first film since 2014’s Interstellar. It reunites him with past collaborators like Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy while also bringing aboard Oscar winner Mark Rylance and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Based on the events of the infamous 1940 Dunkirk evacuation, in which more than 300,000 soldiers were rescued over an eight-day period, Dunkirk follows … wait a second: HARRY STYLES is in this?! Where is he?! Is he the guy in the third row? Or the one in the ninth row? Is Harry Styles the boat? Do I see him? Can he see me? “You don’t know, oh-oh/You don’t know you’re beautiful!”…
Anyway, Dunkirk looks great, and it comes out July 19, 2017.