On top of the Star Wars connection, it’s sounding more and more like there’s another reason to get excited about Rogue One. According to reports, a massive preview of Christopher Nolan’s gritty World War II action-thriller, Dunkirk, will be attached to select screenings of the sci-fi anthology film.
Word of the sneak peek started making the rounds on social media on Monday, and then /Film reported intel from multiple sources that seemed to validate the chatter. Word is that a seven-minute prologue will be attached to 70mm IMAX screenings of Rogue One, which are few. The film wasn’t shot in that format, but Disney is releasing the Star Wars film in 70mm IMAX 2D in more than a dozen theaters—i.e. those still equipped to project the large-screen format on actual film.
While Warner Bros. and IMAX have yet to officially confirm the reports, previews for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises were screened before other IMAX films in theaters ahead of their releases, and with Interstellar Nolan rewarded theaters still equipped to project on film with early releases.
Here’s a list of participating 70mm locations for Rogue One:
IMAX, US Space & Rocket Center
IMAX Dome, McWane Center
AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 & IMAX – Universal City
Esquire IMAX – Sacramento
Hackworth IMAX Dome, The Tech Museum
IMAX Dome, Museum of Science & Industry
Blank IMAX Dome, Science Center Iowa
IMAX, Indiana Stare Museum
IMAX Theatre, Minnesota Zoo
OMNIMAX, St. Louis Science Center
Tuttleman IMAX, The Franklin Institute
Omni Theatre Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Kramer IMAX, Saskatchewan Science Centre
Dunkirk, which is also written by Nolan, stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Harry Styles, and Jack Lowden. The film chronicles the evacuation of Dunkirk, France during WWII as Allied forces were surrounded by German troops. The military operation ended up saving 330,000 lives.
Dunkirk will be released in theaters on July 21, 2017, but reports suggest an earlier screening date for the 35mm and 70mm formats on July 19th.