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‘Tenet,’ Explained: 11 Things You Need to Know About Christopher Nolan’s Action Epic

John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in Nolan's 2020 tentpole.

Tenet Robert Pattinson, Christopher Nolan, John David Washington

Robert Pattinson, Christopher Nolan, John David Washington


When it comes to original Hollywood filmmaking, it doesn’t get much bigger in the present day than Christopher Nolan. After mastering the comic book film with his “Dark Knight” trilogy and delivering some of the most inventive original blockbusters of the decade (here’s looking at you, “Inception”), Nolan finally landed his first Best Director Oscar nomination with his WWII survival thriller “Dunkirk.” So what does a director like Nolan do next? The answer is “Tenet,” an action epic opening in summer 2020 that remains shrouded in mystery.

“Tenet” is reportedly one of Nolan’s most expensive undertakings to date, which is saying something considering his hugely ambitious Batman movies and his 2014 space drama “Interstellar” weren’t exactly cheap. It’s a testament to Nolan’s critical and commercial pull that he’s one of the only filmmakers in Hollywood that a major studio like Warner Bros. is willing to give a giant budget to direct an original film.

Below are all of the most important details we know about “Tenet” so far. IndieWire will continue to update the list as new information becomes available.

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