John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in the espionage thriller.

By Clark Collis
December 19, 2019 at 12:09 PM EST
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To describe director Christopher Nolan‘s super-secret film Tenet as “much-anticipated” is putting matters very mildly indeed. And interest in this latest project from the man who brought us the blockbusters Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and the Christian Bale-starring Batman trilogy will undoubtedly increase further still with the arrival of the movie’s first trailer.

The movie, out July 17, stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Kenneth Branagh, and has been officially, if somewhat unrevealingly, described as “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.”

“We’re jumping off from the point of view of an espionage film, but we’re going to a number of different places,” the director recently told EW. “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.”

The director also revealed that Washington is “very much the hero” of Tenet. “He’s a massively talented actor and physically gifted,” Nolan said of the BlacKkKlansman star, who is a former professional football player. “He’s an athlete and pretty hard for anybody to keep up with, including the different vehicles we shot him from — cars and helicopters. [Laughs] This guy moves.”

Watch the trailer for Tenet above.

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