Christopher Nolan to direct new World War II film

Christopher Nolan at the premiere of Interstellar. (Getty Images)
Christopher Nolan at the premiere of Interstellar. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles - Christopher Nolan is set to direct a World War II movie called Dunkirk.

The 45-year-old filmmaker is joined by his long-time producing partner and wife Emma Thomas on the new project, which is based on his own original screenplay, according to Variety.

Greg Silverman, president of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros, said: "We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time.

"Dunkirk is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realise it on the big screen."

Although no names have officially been confirmed, it's rumoured that the likes of Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy have all held talks about appearing in the movie.

Nolan - who directed the 2014 hit Interstellar - recently began testing teenagers in London for lead roles in the movie, and is expected to have some names confirmed in the coming weeks.

Dunkirk will be set during the evacuation of the northern French city during WWII and is set for release in July 2017.