The First Official Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s Latest Mindbending Epic ‘TENET’ Is Here

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The first official trailer for Christopher Nolan’s latest epically mindbending movie, TENET, has finally dropped after months of building hype.

Starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, Tenet has been previously teased as being a “time-traveling espionage film.”

In addition to Washington and Pattinson, TENET also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, and Dimple Kapadia.

While the trailer is certainly light on plot — we do at least find out that our heroes are trying to prevent “nuclear holocaust — it does certainly confirm that TENET is sure to be the most Christopher Nolan-y movie of all-time. And we are HERE for it.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly that was released earlier this week, the acclaimed Academy Award-nominated director claimed that TENET is the “most ambitious” film of his already storied career.

“We’re jumping off from the point of view of an espionage film, but we’re going to a number of different places,” explains the director of the blockbusters Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and the Christian Bale-starring Batman trilogy. “We’re crossing a few different genres in a hopefully exciting and fresh way. [Producer] Emma [Thomas] and I have put together a lot of large-scale productions, but this is certainly the biggest in terms of international reach. We shot in seven countries, all over the place, with a massive cast and huge set pieces. There’s no question, it’s the most ambitious film we’ve made.” [via EW]

TENET will mark Nolan’s 11th directorial effort, adding to a filmography that is already chock full of iconic contemporary films such as Following (Nolan’s directorial debut) Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.

TENET is set to hit theaters in the United States on Friday, July 17, 2020.


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