Christopher Nolan's always had a sharp eye for casting.
Whether it's selecting Heath Ledger for Joker or convincing Matt Damon to go completely undercover for Interstellar, he's always been able to tailor a role specifically to the right actor. It's been reported that Nolan has selected a complete unknown to lead Dunkirk, which is pretty interesting to say the least.
According to IMDB, Fionn Whitehead - the actor Nolan's cast alongside Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh - has only ONE credit to his name. Whether he's done a load of theatre or not, we're not sure. However, that's a pretty huge leap to go from complete obscurity to what's likely to be one of the biggest films of 2017.
Of course, casting unknowns in tentpole films seems to be the du jour thing now, what with the incredible success of Daisy Ridley in The Force Awakens. As for Dunkirk, production is underway with filming due to kick off in the summer. As we reported, Nolan is using actual warships for some of the battle scenes and is taking a decommissioned British warship from a naval museum in France for use in the film.
Dunkirk is scheduled for release on July 21st, 2017.