Christopher Nolan’s "Dunkirk" not going to Cannes

Fionn Whitehead stars in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.”

Melinda Sue Gordon

LAS VEGAS -- Christopher Nolan says that despite speculation to the contrary, his upcoming World War II epic “Dunkirk” is not going to play at the Cannes Film Festival.

Nolan told The Associated Press that the film will not be done by the time films are lighting up the Croisette at the esteemed festival, now in its 70th year. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17 through May 28, and official selections will be announced on April 13.

Telling the story of the famed evacuation of Allied soldiers in May and June of 1940, “Dunkirk” is set for release in North American theaters on July 21. It stars Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles and newcomer Fionn Whitehead.

Dunkirk - Trailer 1 [HD] by Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube