Over the last few months, there’s been rumblings about Christopher Nolan’s next movie, one that has been kept in secret even as the likes of John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki joined the cast. Now, it’s been revealed that the movie is called Tenet. It’s an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage, and it’s added even more cast, including a couple notable Nolan returnees.
The most notable of them is Michael Caine, who has been a regular in Nolan’s films going back to playing Batman’s butler Alfred in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s appeared in just about every one of Nolan’s movies ever since. Kenneth Branagh is also reuniting with Nolan after appearing in the 2017 war movie Dunkirk, even though he’s going to be fairly busy with his 2020 movies as a director.
Next up is actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, whose comic book movie roles have included the title role in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass and its sequel, as well as playing Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron and starring in Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla movie.
Another actor joining Tenet and no stranger to distributor Warner Bros. is French actor Clémence Poédy, who played Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and other films in the series.
Less known among the new cast announced (at least to Western audiences) is Bollywood star Dimple Kapadia, who has actually been making movies in India for over forty years.
What’s also interesting is that Nolan will be working with Robert Pattinson, the actor who has been slated to play the next Batman, a DC character that has helped make Nolan popular among mainstream audiences and comic fans alike.
Obviously, not a lot of details are being released but knowing that it has its basis in the world of international espionage, we can only imagine that Nolan is finally making the James Bond movie that he’s been wanting to make since the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service-inspired snow chase in Inception.
Nolan will be travelling to seven countries to make Tenet, using a combination of IMAX cameras and 70mm film, once again working with his Oscar-nominated DP Hoyte van Hoytema, so you can expect that the movie will be screened on large format screens when it hits theaters on July 17, 2020.
Also, of note is that Nolan is working with Black Panther’s Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson on Tenet, rather than his go-to composer Hans Zimmer. The film is co-produced with wife Emma Thomas with production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson taking on key production roles.
It will probably be some time before we see anything from the movie, but if it’s anything like Interstellar and Dunkirk, it’s going to redefine the spy genre in new and innovative ways.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.