It might be one of the most anticipated films of the year, but Tenet is also one of the most mysterious. Here are five things we can’t wait to find out about Christopher Nolan’s latest big screen spectacle.
1. Who the good guys areOk, so we know the cast is pretty great. While relative newcomer John David Washington (you might have seen him in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) is in the lead, he’s joined by a long list of well known faces, including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. We’re just not exactly sure who they’re all playing...and which ones are the baddies.
2. What actually happensWhen the official title of Christopher Nolan’s film was announced last year, we were told it was “set in the world of international espionage.” Nolan is a Bond fan - could this be his tribute to 007? We know from the trailer that it’s not about time-travel, but “inversion” (cue cars travelling backwards, bullets jumping back into guns) and that a global, WWIII-like catastrophe is imminent. The actors were locked in a room to read the script and sworn to secrecy — with Pattinson only saying that it’s “unreal.” Washington isn’t even allowed to spill to his dad (that’s Denzel Washington, by the way).
3. Where it takes placeWhere is Tenet set? Our best guess is…well, everywhere. Nolan shot in seven different countries — Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Robert Pattinson has said there’s a huge set piece scene in each one. That’s SEVEN spectacular sequences — and with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema on board, we know Tenet is going to look the business. Hoytema also worked on Interstellar and Dunkirk, two of the most visually epic releases of recent years.
4. What it sounds likeThis is the first time since 2006’s The Prestige that the director hasn’t worked with long-time collaborator Hans Zimmer (don’t worry, they’re still friends - Zimmer was just tied up working on Dune). Instead, Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson is in charge of the score. He’s already bagged an Oscar for Black Panther and a Grammy for producing Childish Gambino’s This Is America and this looks set be another unmissable surround sound experience.
5. The secrets behind the stuntsCars flipping over in reverse? Boats sailing backwards? Planes exploding? The Tenet trailer has hinted at some incredible effects — and the film’s actors have praised Nolan for not relying on CGI. So what kind of trickery did he use? The director revealed he bought and blew up an actual Boeing 747 for the film (that might explain the rumoured $225 million budget — the biggest of Nolan’s career so far). We’re sure there are some incredible stories yet to come around whatever amazing things we’ll get to see on the big screen from 26 August.
From Christopher Nolan, Tenet is a mind-bending action-packed epic.