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Interview: Christopher Nolan and John David Washington Talk Mind-blowing ‘Tenet’, The Inspiration for Time Inversion & More

Yes, we spoke to Christopher Nolan and John David Washington.

Although theaters and the film industry as a whole took a big hit when it came to the pandemic, movies are slowly starting to return to the big screen with extra safety precautions being followed. One of the biggest movies of the year, Tenet, is now officially in theaters internationally and set to open in the rest of the US this weekend.

Christopher Nolan and John David Washington
(Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

I had the chance to see Tenet in Las Vegas and even though I am based in California, it was definitely worth the four-hour drive. After seeing the film, I had the incredible opportunity to partake in a virtual interview with Tenet director Christopher Nolan and John David Washington to discuss the new time-bending blockbuster.

During the conversation with Christopher Nolan and John David Washington, Nolan spoke about pulling inspiration from his past films and why time is such an important construct in his movies in general. Washington spoke about his new appreciation of time and his initial reaction to reading the Tenet script for the first time. The pair then spoke about what it was like working with each other and lastly, I couldn’t leave the conversation without asking Washington if he would be down to play John Stewart in a Green Lantern movie.

Check out the interview with Christopher Nolan and John David Washington below:

Official Synopsis:

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion

The international cast of Tenet also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Fiona Dourif, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.

Tenet is produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan.Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer. Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson. Tenet was filmed on location across seven countries. 

Tenet has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of violence and action, some suggestive references and brief strong language.”

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, Tenet. Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing Tenet in theatres and IMAX worldwide and has slated the film for a September 03, 2020 release.

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