Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is still six months away from release but it may be time for us to have our first look at the movie. And apparently, we may not be too far off from getting one. Apparently, an IMAX prologue for Tenet has been prepared and ready to be attached for the holiday season. The prologue is rated PG-13 and is expected to run for 6 minutes, 32 seconds. The most obvious bet for the movie that will host the prologue: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
This isn’t a radically new strategy for Christopher Nolan. Back in 2008, Warner Bros. attached a 6-minute IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight ahead of screenings of Will Smith’s I Am Legend. This exercise was repeated for The Dark Knight Rises with the prologue hosted in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as well as with Dunkirk whose prologue was attached to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It makes sense for Warner Bros. to promote the movie ahead of what would arguably be one of the year’s biggest filmgoing events.
What’s more, I’m also expecting a trailer to go along with the prologue since the prologue most definitely won’t be released online. Together, they should give us the first concrete plot details to let us speculate in the months ahead. Both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises had IMAX prologues that contained sequences that introduced its chief villains; it’s possible a villain or a concept could be introduced in its entirety with Tenet.
This is also not the first teaser trailer we get for Nolan’s upcoming event film; back in August, Warner Bros. cryptically dropped the first Tenet teaser ahead of screenings of Hobbs and Shaw. That teaser never saw an official online release though a high-def version was leaked later on. We also got a rotating poster with that release and the poster seems to have been updated to stop and change colors at certain points. If one considers the circular rotation to be happening over a clock, with the “T” pointing to time, it stops and changes course at “1”, “2”, “1”, “9”, “1” and “9” before repeating the pattern, suggesting clearly a 12/19/19 release, as well as hinting at the importance of time in some way in Tenet‘s plot.
Tenet has shot around the globe, with LA being its most recent filming location. It filmed extensively in Tallinn, Estonia, where it ran into some troubles with road closures, as well as in Mumbai, India. The film is being shot in IMAX 70 mm cameras and nearly the entirety of Tenet could be filmed in that format, much akin to Dunkirk. The movie has also registered its social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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. Follow our Appocalypse Hub for Tenet to stay updated on all the latest news and set photos about the movie or hit the Like button below to get all the news directly in your Facebook Feed.