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John David Washington set for lead role in Christopher Nolan’s latest film

Press Association logo Press Association 20/03/2019 By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent
Christopher Nolan wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a curtain: John David Washington is set to star in the lead role of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film (Ian West/PA) © Ian West John David Washington is set to star in the lead role of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film (Ian West/PA) John David Washington is set to star in the lead role of Christopher Nolan’s  highly anticipated new film.

Few details are known about the upcoming project from the famously secretive British film maker, other than its release date of July 17, 2020.

John David Washington attends the the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Tribute on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP John David Washington attends the the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Tribute on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) The lead role in a Nolan film is one of the most coveted in Hollywood and caps a successful 12 months for Washington, who earned best actor nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his part in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

Christopher Nolan wearing a suit and tie: Christopher Nolan has found his leading man for his latest film, casting John David Washington (Ian West/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Christopher Nolan has found his leading man for his latest film, casting John David Washington (Ian West/PA) His involvement in Nolan’s new film was confirmed on Tuesday. Washington, 34, is the son of Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.

Washington found acting fame while starring in HBO comedy series Ballers after a career in American football.

It is anticipated that Nolan’s upcoming film will be a critical and commercial success.

Dunkirk, his most recent effort, grossed 526 million US dollars (£298 million) worldwide as well as scoring eight Oscar nominations and three wins.

71st Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the new print of the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" presented as part of Cinema Classic - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 13, 2018 - Director Christopher Nolan poses. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe © Thomson Reuters 71st Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the new print of the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" presented as part of Cinema Classic - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 13, 2018 - Director Christopher Nolan poses. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Nolan has a history of releasing his films in July, with Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception all arriving in the month.

The 48-year-old was honoured with a CBE for services to film in the New Year Honours.

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Other previous films include The Prestige and Memento.

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