In just under two weeks, Disney and LucasFilm will unveil their first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will debut in both IMAX and traditional theaters. Last month, a report surfaced that the studio will be releasing the movie in 70mm IMAX in just over a dozen theaters across the country. Today, another report claims that those who attend these 70mm IMAX screenings will be in for one special surprise. Before the film, Warner Bros. will be presenting a special seven-minute prologue for director Christopher Nolan's World War II drama Dunkirk, which hits theaters on July 21, 2017.
/Film's report comes from numerous unnamed sources, although they have not gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. about this prologue. /Film also reported on the Rogue One 70mm IMAX screenings last month, though they couldn't get confirmation about whether or not this special Dunkirk prologue will be included on IMAX digital projections as well. The site believes this preview will be limited only to the 70mm screenings. It also hasn't been confirmed if the studio plans on releasing this special preview online after it debuts in theaters starting December 16.
It's also worth noting that, back in 2015, a rumor surfaced that director Gareth Edwards was considering filming Rogue One in the 70mm IMAX format, using the same Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses that Quentin Tarantino used to create the 70mm look for his epic Western The Hateful Eight. While Rogue One wasn't shot in 70mm, the film will be released in this format in just these 15 theaters. It's also worth noting that Colin Trevorrow recently revealed he'll be shooting Star Wars 9 in 65mm, which could mean he has plans to shoot in 65mm and present the film in 70mm, much like Quentin Tarantino did on The Hateful Eight.
Director Christopher Nolan has a long history with IMAX cameras, using this format to shoot key scenes that will be expanded for fans who see his movies in the IMAX format. The filmmaker's upcoming World War II drama will reportedly feature over 100 minutes of footage shot with IMAX 65mm cameras, according to sources close to the production, making it his most extensive shoot using these IMAX cameras yet. Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Dunkirk back in August, but the studio hasn't released any more footage since then. Now, it seems a handful of lucky fans will get to see a seven-minute prologue in IMAX theaters later this month.
The theaters which will be showing Rogue One and the Dunkirk preview in 70mm IMAX are the IMAX, US Space & Rocket Center and IMAX Dome, McWane Center in Alabama, AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 & IMAX - Universal City, Esquire IMAX - Sacramento and Hackworth IMAX Dome, The Tech Museum in California, IMAX Dome, Museum of Science & Industry in Florida, Blank IMAX Dome, Science Center in Iowa, IMAX, Indiana Stare Museum in Indiana, IMAX Theatre, Minnesota Zoo in Minnesota, OMNIMAX, St. Louis Science Center in Missouri, Tuttleman IMAX, The Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania, Omni Theatre Fort Worth Museum of Science & History in Texas and Kramer IMAX, Saskatchewan Science Centre in Canada. Dunkirk is set during the legendary evacuation of the northern French city during WWII. The all-star cast includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, James D'arcy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, Bobby Lockwood and Miranda Nolan.