Dunkirk is finally landing on our screens on Friday 21st July. Inception director, Christopher Nolan is bringing the harrowing story of the evacuation of 400,000 British and Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, under heavy German fire in the spring of 1940, back to the big screen.
Alongside the likes of Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Oscar winners, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh is a company of young actors making their big screen breaks. Here are the male Dunkirk actors landing in cinema and will be making waves beyond this summer…
The Next Eddie Redmayne: Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk’s Tommy)
In a story worthy of a Hollywood movie itself, 19 year-old Fionn has journeyed from Waterloo coffee maker to blockbuster actor in just a year and a half. Dunkirk is largely told through the eyes and ears of Tommy - placing Fionn at the emotional epicentre of the drama - as his character attempts to travel home. With the floppy brunette air, the cheekbones and not mentioning the acting skills to match, we are tipping Fionn to be the next Eddie Redmayne. We will see him next opposite Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in The Children Act.
The Next Leonardo Dicaprio: Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk’s Peter):
Let’s just kick this discussion off by discussing that bone structure shall we? Tom is definitely delivering ‘young Leo circa Titanic and/or Romeo and Juliet’ vibes visually. With another military epic en route in the form of BBC One’s drama series, The Last Post, based on a military unit in the 1960s Middle East, this won’t be the last you see of Tom this year. But it appears the young 22 year-old actor has certainly made a BFF for life with Dunkirk co-star, Mark Rylance after taking to twitter to share this selfie with his on screen Daddy.
The Next Benedict Cumberbatch: Jack Lowden (Dunkirk’s Collins)
Mr Lowden isn’t exactly fresh to our screens, having stared in the BBC romp, War and Peace (hello more sexy military uniforms!), won an Olivier Award for his part in Ghosts and starred alongside Jack O’Connell in ’71. With his penchant for period drama and that very British look, we might just have the next Benedict Cumberbatch on our hands.
The Next Cillian Murphy: Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk’s George)
Cillian Murphy also has a starring role in Dunkirk but this fellow Irish actor is hot on his footsteps. However Barry is no stranger to sharing superstar billings having starred alongside Nicole Kidman in THE Cannes Film Festival movie, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The twenty four year old won his role in Dunkirk by sending an audition tape where he used a remote control as a gun, telling the Hollywood reporter, “I took the batteries out like I was taking bullets out.”
Barry credits his difficult upbringing in Dublin with giving him the emotional gravitas needed to take on such a harrowing role, having spent 5 years in foster care before moving in with his 85 year-old grandmother where he still lives. Currently undertaking boxing training 3 times a week, this actor is a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one.
The Next, Ermm, Harry Styles: Harry Styles
In case you didn’t know Harry Styles is making his acting debut in Dunkirk. But whom could the musician be likened to other than Harry Styles himself. In the words of Sinead O’Connor, “nothing compares to you,” Harry babes.
Dunkirk’s UK release date is Friday 21st July