UPDATE 2 (Dec 14):
Intel: a certain IMAX *just* test screened the #Dunkirk prologue in 70mm ahead of tonight's midnight show. No official announcement planned.
— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) December 14, 2016
The BBFC have also rated the prologue today ahead of the first UK showings of Rogue One tonight, running 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
Theatre chains in the U.S. are also starting to confirm the prologue screening at all IMAX locations with Rogue One:
Hi Ryan, there will be a prologue before IMAX showings, yes. Standard trailer before other standard showtimes.
— Galaxy Theatres (@GalaxyTheatres) December 14, 2016
We are hoping for confirmation from WB and IMAX on this before the first Rogue One screenings kick off tomorrow in France, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Our understanding is that it will not be restricted to 70mm IMAX film shows of Rogue One, but also play at laser (as hinted at by the Melbourne IMAX earlier today) and regular digital IMAX locations too – leaving availability in non-English countries dependent on whether the international distributors will bother to subtitle/dub the piece.
(H/T @AKMovieguru on Twitter)
Original post follows:
Since the very first teaser dropped in August, people have been asking us when we’ll get our next trailer for Christopher Nolan’s 70mm epic Dunkirk. We’ve been expecting a second trailer to arrive this month for Rogue One, as has been the case for the director’s previous July releases, and it looks we may be getting a bit more than that.
The Minnesota Zoo IMAX Theatre have revealed today in a (update: now deleted) tweet that they’ll be screening a 7-minute prologue for Nolan’s new film in front of their showings of Rogue One. The theatre, along with 14 others in the world, will be presenting Gareth Edwards’s film in 70mm IMAX 2D film (despite not having IMAX-shot footage).
It’s unclear which format the prologue will be presented in but we won’t be surprised if, like Nolan’s previous IMAX prologues (the director debuted the opening sequences of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in similar fashion with I Am Legend and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol respectively), it will be shown with most if not all IMAX showings of Rogue One worldwide in IMAX’s digital and laser formats, as well as in 70mm IMAX film in these 15 theatres, to showcase the full scope of the opening 7 minutes of the film.
IMAX and Warner Bros. are yet to comment on the matter – we will let you know if we receive any updates on this, or if this is subsequently officially announced. As with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, we expect the second trailer for the film to arrive in theatres and online alongside the prologue (which almost certainly will not be released online).
UPDATE: the guys over at /Film have verified this with two their sources. Nothing from WB or IMAX at this time.
“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles, and filmed with a combination of 70mm and IMAX film, Dunkirk is released in 70mm IMAX film, 70mm film, 35mm film and digital formats July 21, 2017.
(H/T @Andyzach on Twitter)