Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie, Tenet, has received a new trailer that debuted first in the battle royale game Fortnite (to a torrent of plungers aimed at the virtual screen, unsurprisingly) and is now available everywhere online. Take a look.
The trailer sets up a currently nameless protagonist, played by John David Washington, who can apparently “invert” time (thus the stylized title “TENET” flipped upside down). We don’t exactly get to see how or to what extent he can do this–or if he’s alone in these powers, but there are some critical clues to be found. Namely, we get to see him fire a gun in reverse (“you’re not shooting the bullets, you’re catching them”) and, later, a car crash happening and then un-happening. Basically, it’s exactly what you might expect from a Nolan movie at this point.
Also in the trailer are regular Nolan collaborator Michael Caine, who probably (emphasis on probably) isn’t going to be a dimension-hopping Alfred Pennyworth, but the jury’s still out on that one. Robert Pattinson, who seems to be playing some sort of James Bond Q archetype (or maybe a dimension-hopping Bruce Wayne just to really mess with your grip on reality), also features. He ends the trailer on a comedic note explaining that he’d really like to crash a plane.
Interestingly, the trailer is not dated–though the “coming to theaters” title card seems to want to assure viewers that this movie will definitely herald some sort of return-to-normalcy for moviegoers. As of right now, no delays have been announced, which means Tenet is still scheduled to arrive on July 17, 2020. Theaters in Hong Kong have seemingly committed to this date by airing Nolan’s Batman trilogy as they begin cautiously reopening, but thus far with reopening plans still completely uncertain in other parts of the world, it’s probably a good idea not to count too many chickens before they hatch. Or un-hatch. Or hatch in reverse. Whatever the case may be.
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