Director Shares Some Details

EW has shed some light on what Christopher Nolan has coming our way when Tenet is finally released, and they also shared some new images.

Nolan and his cast open up quite a bit in the article about the highly-anticipated film, so here’s a summary of what was discussed.

Director Nolan had this to say about what Tenet actually stands for –

“[John David Washington] is playing an operative who is known by the term ‘Protagonist’. Tenet is the name of the organization into which the Protagonist gets inducted.”

The Tenet trailers kind of suggested the movie might deal with time-travel. But, Nolan and his cast stress that that’s not the case. Instead, the movie deals with “inversion” –

“a way of manipulating time so that characters can, for example, ‘shoot’ bullets back into a gun.”

Nolan elaborates on the physics involved with “inversion” –

“This film is not a time-travel film. It deals with time and the different ways in which time can function. Not to get into a physics lesson, but inversion is this idea of material that has had its entropy inverted, so it’s running backwards through time, relative to us.”

The Tenet trailers inform us that some characters are trying to “prevent World War III.” According to Kenneth Branagh, who plays the film’s villain –

“It’s an espionage piece that’s dealing with a global threat to the world. A nuclear holocaust is not the greatest disaster that could befall the human race. Tenet discusses an even worse possibility, and it is wrapped up in this mind-boggling treatment of time that continues Chris Nolan’s preoccupations in films way back to Memento, through Interstellar and Inception.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in the movie, but he hasn’t been glimpsed in the trailers or promo pics. And according to Nolan –

“He’s an important part of the film. Yes, there are no photographs of him, this is true. He is briefly glimpsed in the [second] trailer. He’s also completely unrecognizable. There are all kinds of things that happen in terms of where the story goes as the film develops and where it winds up in the later stages that we don’t want to spoil for people.”

Here’s the rest of the images –

I’ve still no idea what’s going on, but I LIKE IT!

Tenet is set to open July 31st.