2020 will bring many things, such as Wonder Woman 1984, the long awaited Black Widow, the last Daniel Craig Bond film, Dune, A NEW BILL & TED!!!, but maybe most excitedly for this writer, it will offer the latest work from fan-favorite billion dollar auteur Christopher Nolan, the John David Washington starring Tenet.
Vaguely described as “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”, Tenet stars Washington, future Batman Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Martin Donovan, and more… and, of course, it wouldn’t be a Nolan film without Michael Caine in some form or fashion.
I’ll stop talking and you can check out the trailer here, hang onto your hats!:
— TENET (@TENETFilm) December 19, 2019
Nolan, the filmmaker behind a slate of enormous efforts like Inception and Dunkirk, both of which earned him Best Picture nods as well as a Best Director nomination for the latter, as well as Interstellar and the “Dark Knight trilogy”, calls Tenet his most ambitious film yet per EW:
“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.”
While the genre-shifting isn’t quite so apparent from this first trailer, it does look like one hell of a action thrill-ride, and I have to say, his approach to that particular concentration of filmmaking is to be admired, stretching back to those Heat-inspired sequences in The Dark Knight and the twisty-turny hand to hand combat in Inception.
It’s worth noting, while Nolan is reuniting with Hoyte van Hoytema, whose has been his regular DP for his last two features, regular Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer will not be scoring for Tenet, instead Black Panther’s Ludwig Göransson (himself an Oscar winner) has jumped aboard and maybe most interestingly, Nolan is changing editors too with Hereditary and Midsommar‘s Jennifer Lame taking over for his longtime editor Lee Smith. Also, how amazing is it that Washington is leading a huge tentpole like this?
I can’t wait, I really cannot. I want a time machine to take me to July 17th of next year when it hits theaters.