Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Begins Rehearsals As Cast Arrives In Estonia; Check Out Early Set Photos

Christopher Nolan and some of the cast and crew arrived in Tallinn, Estonia as filming has commenced on Nolan’s spy-thriller event film Tenet set for release next year. Nolan was spotted exiting Tallinn airport with a clean-shaven look along with actor John David-Washington and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema. It shouldn’t be long before other cast members like Robert Pattinson, Clemence Poesy and Elizabeth Debicki begin arriving depending upon their requirements in what’s being filmed in Tallinn.

Additionally, it looks like some of the crew headed to the Linnahall set in Tallinn, Estonia to map out second-unit shots and do some prep. With the setup there, it looks like filming could have already commenced, with background plates and second-unit action being filmed. You can see what looks like Ukraine’s equivalent of the SWAT team acting out certain sequences, suggesting an action sequence of at least some form can be shot in this location.

At the wider Linnahall set, Nolan’s team has constructed an extended ramp, presumably to be used for a vehicular action sequence. We can also see modern-day ambulances, police cars and SWAT vans suggestion a more modern setting for the movie as opposed to a period film or a Cold-war era setup as some were speculating. This doesn’t necessarily rule those out entirely, just that it’s possible Tenet isn’t exclusively set in the past.

Actor John David-Washington’s arrival suggests his intricate involvement in the scene. We haven’t spotted others yet but it’s possible the could be arriving separately depending upon the demands of what ends up being filmed. Nolan himself was spotted outside the airport, but not on set, suggesting proper first unit filming still has a few days left to begin. Norway publications are reporting that actual principal photography could take off any time in the next few days.

Nolan’s Tenet has been scouting and set-dressing locations in Tallinn, Estonia for quite a while now. Recently the production ran into some trouble when they wanted to shut down Laagna Road for a month but the Mayor of Tallinn refused, citing logistical issues. A consensus on that has yet to be reached; it’s possible Nolan himself could meet with Tallinn’s transport authorities to discuss the matter. With Tenet set to film in seven countries, including India, filming could last a long time.

Tenet releases in theaters next year, on July 17, 2020. It is written and directed by Christopher Nolan and stars John David-Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Clemence Poesy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dimple Kapadia with Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine. Nolan will produce with his partner Emma Thomas with the film being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Check out our Appocalypse Hub for Tenet to devour all news about the movie.