Rumor Says A Priceless Luftwaffe Plane Will Be Destroyed for New Dunkirk Movie

Artwork to illustrate the story, the type of plane that may or may not be used for this has not been revealed yet (Warplane picture by Kogo - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Artwork to illustrate the story, the type of plane that may or may not be used for this has not been revealed yet (Warplane picture by Kogo - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Online commentators have expressed the disapproval they feel for the reported actions of Christopher Nolan. It was released that he was the Interstellar director planning to use a priceless World War II plane valued at $5 million in his latest movie, Dunkirk. The report claims that the plane is scheduled to crash and ultimately be destroyed. However, there has been no official confirmation that this story is true. It was originally reported by IndieRevolver’s Jay Carlson, and has been attributed to an anonymous source.

This war plane is said to be a former Luftwaffe aircraft that was bought for $5 million by the Warner Brothers production company. The IndieRevolver story reported that Nolan would be linking the IMAX cameras to the actual plane. This technique is intended to facilitate and create some impressive in- flight action for the movie.

The first part of the rumor is not too hard to believe. Nolan is a producer that is well known for his astute attention to detail. He openly prefers to use realistic, reality grounded visual effects that really resonate with the audience. Back in February, he confirmed that he would be using a real naval destroyer in the Dunkirk film. The French T-47 Class Destroyer Maille-Breze will be making its movie debut.

Previous media reports were inaccurate since the ship in question does not date back to World War II. It was built in the 1950s, and was first utilized in October of 1953. Despite this slight fact change, the decision to use this ship would still demonstrate a strong commitment to authenticity by the director. It seems likely that Nolan would jump at the chance to use a real World War II artifact in his upcoming film.

The second part of the rumor is harder to believe. It seems a unlikely that Nolan would destroy such an artifact on purpose. The negative publicity alone would be a deterrent, especially for a man who wants people to come see his film.

A Reddit thread covered the topic and people were openly critical of this rumored decision. They compared it to the accidental on-screen destruction of Quentin Tarantino’s valuable nineteenth century guitar from the Hateful Eight. One commentator wrote, “Christopher Nolan to use real guns and bullets to capture people realistically dying.” Another one followed up with, “Is a replica not real enough? Probably cheaper too.”

Last month, the production company Warner Brothers did confirm that Nolan had already started shooting the film. It will include stars such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh, as well as the One Direction singer Harry Styles. The One Direction star has already revealed his short military haircut needed for his role in the film.

The official press release said, “Principal photography on the epic action thriller Dunkirk is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) is directing Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.”

The film will open with hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops being surrounded by the enemy combatants. They are trapped on the beach with the enemy all around and the sea at their backs. It depicts an impossible situation as the enemy quickly moves in.


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Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE