Our friends over at Trailer Track uncovered a tweet (now deleted) earlier today from The Minnesota Zoo IMAX Theatre stating they’ll be screening a 7-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in front of showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This sort of thing has been rumored or suggested as a possibility for the past few months, with recent reports claiming that a trailer for Dunkirk would screen with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the very least. However, the fact that a tweet regarding the report was retweeted by Aneurin Barnard (one of the young stars of Dunkirk) suggests that this prologue rumor is all but confirmed.
Longtime fans of Christopher Nolan are no strangers to these IMAX prologues. The Dark Knight was the first film to feature one, with 6 minutes screening in front of I Am Legend, and The Dark Knight Rises followed suit 4 years later with an IMAX prologue playing in front of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Major differences between now and then would be number of 70mm IMAX theaters in the world. Even when The Dark Knight Rises screened its prologue in 2012, there were over 150 IMAX theaters projecting 70mm film across the globe. In 2016, and specifically for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there are just 14.
Several film news sites have reached out to Warner Bros. and IMAX for comment, but no official comment has not been made by either company at this time. I suspect we should receive an official confirmation before mid-week, but the real question at this point is: Will any 4K or Digital IMAX theaters get the prologue as well?
UPDATE (12.14.16): The prologue has been screened in front of IMAX showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the UK. Length has been confirmed at 5 minutes 20 seconds.
UPDATE (12.15.16): The Official Website has been updated with a list of IMAX theaters showing the prologue before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.