Christopher Nolan’s new film ‘Tenet’: release date, plot details, cast and everything we know so far

Nolan had described , the follow-up to his 2017 epic Dunkirk, as “event ” – which seems to be a fitting description for every one his mind-bending sci-fi thrillers to date.

From Interstellar and Inception to the Dark Knight trilogy, bigger is always better and Nolan rarely fails to deliver unparalleled thrills. But he’s a cryptic filmmaker, keeping as many details as possible under wraps until the very last .

of the upcoming , gathered released about what’s set to be the most gripping release of the .

Tenet release date: when is the film in cinemas?

Tenet premiere in cinemas in over 70 across on August 26 after being pushed multiple times from its initial release date of 17 July, due to the ongoing .

A limited release will then follow on September 2, expanding into more cinemas across the States as they reopen after the .

The film will reportedly be debuting in IMAX format. The prologue started playing ahead of selected The of Skywalker screenings in December 2019.

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— IMAX (@IMAX) February 5, 2020

The film has also been confirmed to be rated 12A in the by the BBFC ( Board of Film Classification). It was originally advised to be a 15, but the rating was lowered after “making small changes to one scene to remove shots of a kicking a woman”.

Tenet trailer: is a trailer yet?

There is! The second trailer for Nolan’s latest has arrived after premiering on Fortnite, and it confirms that we’ in for one hell of a trip.

Although remaining relatively vague, it confirms that is a agent tasked with stopping War Three. , it looks set to be Nolan’s most mysterious project since Inception – packed with twists and turns.

out the trailer .

It follows the trailer which was released in December 2019, after playing exclusively in cinemas ahead of Fast &; Furious spin-off Hobbs & .

Tenet cast: who is in it?

Nolan reunites with a couple of longtime collaborators on Tenet, including (The Dark Knight) and (Dunkirk).

and in Tenet. : .

But it’s also a showcase of new for the – John David Washington () leads the film, and is joined by (styled with Nolan’s very own signature haircut), Aaron -, Debicki, Clémence Poesy, (), and .

Tenet plot: what is the new film about?

As ever, specifics are being withheld – but the film follows a secret agent (Washington’s character, still unnamed) tasked with preventing World War III. The twist, making it recognisably Nolan, is that it focuses on something called “time inversion”.

An synopsis confirms: “John David Washington is the new protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet. with only one word – Tenet – and fighting for the of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time . Inversion.”

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John David Washington in ‘Tenet’. Credit: Warner Bros

A clue to the central narrative of the film lie in . The Sator (or Rotas ) is a word containing a five-word Latin palindrome. It contains five (the central word being “Tenet”) made up of 25 letters and reads exactly the same forwards does backwards. It can be found across , and has been located on different buildings, walls and urban dwellings as as 79AD. The most famous version is in , . One likely translation of the Square is “The Arepo has [as] works wheels [a plough]”.

Sator Square
The Sator Square at Oppède, France. Credit

No, you’re right, that doesn’ make a whole lot of sense. But the symmetrical nature of the square could hint at the of Nolan’s new movie. Could, perhaps, the film revolve around a single point in time, or even feature a narrative that repeats itself backwards in the second half of the ?

Washington teased new plot details in an with  Film. “It’s obviously genre-bending,” the . “It’s its own genre: it’s the Nolan genre.”

Pattinson added, “There’s a point where you’re like, it’s kind of cool, and it becomes so insane that it’s almost frightening.

sound like such a moron about this stuff. Because on top of the, uh – how would I even say this? Quite advanced theoretical physics; I think I’m allowed to say that – it’s just got a billion different ways to read it.”

He adds: “It’s so complicated; if it wasn’t Nolan doing it, you’d be like, ‘This is an impossible movie.’”

, Washington revealed that Tenet and Inception are “related” in some way, confirming -held rumours that the films are connected.

One thing’s for certain though, even if the plot remains somewhat under wraps – Tenet has a runtime of 149 minutes and 59 seconds. This makes the film one of Nolan’s shortest, 20 minutes shorter than Interstellar, and just one minute longer than Inception.

Where was Tenet filmed?

Rarely one for minimalism, Nolan took his around the world to shoot the film in countries – , , , , , the UK and the US. With a of $205 million, making this his second most expensive film after The Dark Knight Rises. No expenses were spared, it seems…

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and John David Washington in Tenet. Credit: Warner Bros.

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