Christopher Nolan Introduces Gripping ‘Dunkirk’ WWII Footage Featuring Tom Hardy

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Last Updated: March 30, 2017 @ 12:15 PM

Christopher Nolan introduced stunning new footage of his World War II drama “Dunkirk” this morning during Fox’s CinemaCon presentation, revealing a dramatic scene featuring Tom Hardy and a new look at the powerful footage shown in the first trailer in 2016.

Early looks at “Dunkirk” showed a small group of British naval personnel hearing (dreading) the first sounds of approaching German aircraft  — today’s footage expanded on that scene, starting with two soldiers carrying a dead comrade through a crowd of other soldiers, who are gathered at city of Dunkirk’s port.

At the same time, Hardy is a fighter pilot in what looks like a spitfire plane, tailing another aircraft while attempting to shoot it down. He eventually does, but it seems his plane will run out fuel soon. Though he is confident it’s only a malfunction, he soon finds out that this is not the case.

The clip ends with thousands of soldiers stranded on the walkway, listening to the sound of approaching planes — and they all duck in alarm.

In addition to Hardy, the film stars Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, newcomer Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and James D’Arcy.

“Dunkirk” will be split into three sections, told through differing points of view from those based on land (Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles), sea (Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance) and in the air (Tom Hardy).

Warner Bros. will release “Dunkirk” worldwide this summer on July 21.