Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’: Trippy First Trailer Makes Surprise Debut Before ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

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Moviegoers got a surprise on Thursday, as multiple fans reported that the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s spy thriller “Tenet” debuted unannounced before screenings of “Hobbs & Shaw.”

The trailer hasn’t yet been posted online by Warner Bros., but dozens of cell phone recordings quickly made their way online. We won’t link to them (and many were quickly disabled “in response to a report by the copyright owner”), but for those who want to know, the trailer begins with the taglines “Time has come for a new protagonist” and “Time has come for a new kind of mission,” as footage shows star John David Washington on the other side of a thick window that appears to be an interrogation room or some other dank, law enforcement space.

He walks toward what appears to be the impact of an attempt to shoot through the glass. There’s a flash of the film’s logo, a shot of Washington in what appears to be some kind of confining space, scenes of someone running in a gas mask, and a clip of Washington trying to hit someone, then being dragged down a dimly lit corridor. The clip ends with Washington apparently tied up in a chair, with some kind of anesthesia apparatus on his face. It concludes with the film’s July 17, 2020 release date.

Warner Bros. didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment or information about when the trailer will appear online.

Along with Washington, “Tenet” stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

Nolan writes and well as directs, and produces alongside Emma Thomas.