The First Tenet Trailer Has Fans Thinking This Is Christopher Nolan's Secret Inception Sequel


You can’t blame us for getting pretty damn excited when we first heard that Christopher Nolan was working on a new film, Tenet. The only details we had? A loaded cast, including John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, and Michael Caine. And a vague description: "An action epic evolving from the world of international espionage."

Now that we’ve seen the first trailer for Tenet, which dropped today, that description, in retrospect, sounds a little too vague. Watch the preview, and you’ll see a mashup of dudes running around in suits, John David Washington waking up in strange places, visual illusions like a car crashing-and-uncrashing itself, and Michael Caine at a dinner table. And it’s all life or death stakes, of course.

Remind you of anything? Anything at all? Looks a hell of a lot like the first trailer for Inception—another preview that baffled us when it first premiered. Check out the two trailers—it’s hard to argue that both are far off from each other tonally. So is Nolan pulling a 10 Cloverfield Lane and giving us a sort-of secret sequel to Inception? Fans have already speculated, too, that this is the case—arguing that both plots revolve around a heist mission, and the tagline, “Time has come for a new kind of mission,” implies that Tenet is a follow-up of sorts.

Tenet hits theaters on July 17, 2020. Stay tuned to see if we get any insight to a possible Tenet-Inception connection before then, or if we’ll have to wait until opening day to find out.


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