Christopher Nolan's 2020 Action Epic Gets a Title

Nolan's first film since 'Dunkirk' arrives next summer.

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Consistently compelling writer/director Christopher Nolan's 2020 film, his first since the excellent Dunkirk, now has a proper title.

PerDeadline, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that shooting has started on Tenet, starring John David Washington, Michael Caine, Dimple Kapadia, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more. From what we know so far, Tenet will be an "action epic evolving from the world of international espionage" spanning seven different countries. Ludwig Göransson, he of Black Panther and frequent Gambino collaborations, will score.

Pattinson, who—coincidentally enough—is now the new Batman, previously let loose some details on just how closely guarded the Tenet script-reviewing sessions have been. Speaking with USA Todayin April, Pattinson revealed he was "locked in a room" and not given a personal copy.

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"I've been a little wary of doing big movies for years and years, but there's just something about Chris Nolan's stuff," he said. "He seems like the only director now who can do what is essentially a very personal, independent movie that has huge scale." As for the script, by Pattinson's estimation, it is indeed "unreal."

As for those previously circulated claims of Tenet being something in the vein of "North by Northwest in tone meets Inception," Warner Bros. has since squashed any such talk. In a statement to Complex in March, a studio rep said the description was inaccurate.

Nolan's 2017 film Dunkirk, featuring a notable performance from Harry Styles, was again met with a cascade of awards nominations and wins, including a trio of Academy Awards in the sound and editing categories. We'll see if Tenet can do the same when it hits theaters next July. 

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