The First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Mysterious Tenet is Here

Christmas has come early, friends. Warner Bros. has just released the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s mysterious, extremely intriguing new film Tenet. As always with a Nolan film, the cast is sprawling and excellent. John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, and two of the writer/director’s favorites, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. The little we’ve known about the film—editor Jennifer Lame wouldn’t say a peep when we interviewed her about Marriage Story—was that it was going to involve international espionage. The trailer isn’t giving away much in the plot department, but it’s still thrilling nonetheless.

That one detail we knew—that Tenet is set in the world of international espionage—is evident here. This is Nolan’s first film since his epic World War I drama Dunkirk, and like all Nolan films, Tenet appears to be hugely ambitious. The auteur has new collaborators here; the aforementioned Jennifer Lame takes over for his go-to editor Lee Smith, and the composer Ludwig Göransson is handling the score instead of Nolan’s usual man Hans Zimmer.

The trailer highlights what Nolan has promised previously, that Tenet would be a mix of locations and genres. Nolan has said that Tenet is the biggest film he’s ever made in terms of filming locations—seven countries in all. Considering this is the guy who’s made not only the epic Dark Knight trilogy but also Interstellar and Inception, if he says the film’s big, it’s big.

See for yourself what Nolan’s been up to with this beguiling trailer. Tenet has got to be one of the films on your 2020 must-see list. Then again, every Christopher Nolan film is a must-see.

Tenet opens July 17, 2020.

Featured image: L-r: Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures.


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