Robert Pattinson: ‘Tenet is an incredibly complicated movie’

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washingto…

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.

The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washington, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

However, he has now confessed to Esquire magazine that he had absolutely no idea what the screenplay was about, even while shooting the film.

“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies. I mean, you have to watch them when they’re completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is,” Pattinson quipped. “When you’re doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I’m like, ‘Am I… I actually, honestly, have no idea if I’m even vaguely understanding what’s happening’. I would definitely say that to John David.”

The Twilight star went on to reveal he was so dumbfounded by the narrative that he inadvertently discovered he had interpreted his character differently to how Nolan wanted him to play it.

“On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, ‘Have you been thinking this the entire time?'” he explained. “There’s definitely a bond in the end in kind of hiding the fact that maybe neither one of us knew exactly what was going on. But then I thought, ‘Ah, but John David actually did know. He had to know what was going on.'”

Tenet is set to be released on 17 July.

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Christopher Nolan wants Tenet to re-open cinemas

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas. With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendar…

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas.

With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendars, with big tentpoles such as Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Black Widow, and more being postponed.

However, amid all the reshuffles, Warner Bros. officials have stood firm with Tenet, Nolan’s latest time-travel movie starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, and have remained committed to a release date of 17 July, making it the next major studio film to hit cinemas, if they are re-opened by then.

In an earnings call, IMAX chief executive officer Richard Gelfond shared that the Inception filmmaker was determined for his movie to be the one to relaunch theatres following the coronavirus crisis.

“Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan,” he said, according to Variety.

Gelfond also confirmed that Warner Bros. and IMAX staff are currently preparing for the film to debut that day.

His comments come weeks after Warner Bros. chief executive officer Ann Sarnoff insisted that Tenet will receive a theatrical release.

“We are committed to – and are excited about – releasing Tenet in theatres this summer or whenever theatres reopen,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theatre.”

Tenet, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, revolves around a secret agent who is tasked with using time travel to stop World War III.

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Annette Bening in talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile. According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character be…

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile.

According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character bears that name in Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same, or the 1978 movie adaptation.

It has been speculated by social media users that Euphemia could be the new name for alcoholic romance novelist Salome Otterbourne or the fiery widow Miss Van Schuyler, who were played by Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis, respectively, in the original film.

Bening would join a star-studded cast which includes Gadot as heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Hammer as her husband Simon Doyle, as well as Black Panther’s Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne.

Branagh, who previously helmed another Agatha Christie movie adaptation, 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, will once again direct and star as the mystery writer’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery on a luxury cruise through Egypt. Tom Bateman also returns as his friend Bouc.

Branagh has once again hired Michael Green to write the screenplay from Christie’s novel. Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Gordon will produce. Filming is due to begin later this year ahead of a cinema release in October 2020.

Bening, who most recently starred in superhero movie Captain Marvel, will next be seen in drama The Report with Adam Driver, Georgetown alongside Christoph Waltz, and thriller Turn of Mind, with Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Tom Hiddleston landed Loki role in Marvel movies ‘almost by accident’

Tom Hiddleston landed his “life-changing” role as Loki in the Marvel movies “quite organically”.The British actor started out his career with appearances in West End theatre productions but came to wider attention when he landed the role of the villain…

Tom Hiddleston landed his “life-changing” role as Loki in the Marvel movies “quite organically”.

The British actor started out his career with appearances in West End theatre productions but came to wider attention when he landed the role of the villain in 2011’s Thor.

Tom has gone on to reprise Loki for a string of other movies, including The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok, and in a new interview for The Hollywood Reporter, reflected on how it was his connection with Thor director Kenneth Branagh that secured him the gig.

“(Playing Loki) had a life-changing effect on me. It happened quite organically, almost by accident,” he explained, before going on to reveal that he was actually spotted by the 58-year-old while performing in the theatre in London, and the pair embarked upon a working relationship together on a variety of projects before the Marvel film came about.

“(Kenneth) saw me in a Shakespeare production in a theatre in London, he then asked me to perform with him in the television series Wallander for the BBC,” the 38-year-old continued. “We then did a Chekhov play in the West End, and then he cast me as Loki in the first Thor film.”

It was confirmed back in November that Tom would be starring in a Loki series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney Plus.

And while fans had speculated about the star’s appearance in the show following his character’s death in Avengers: Infinity War, the actor refused to reveal any further details.

“I feel very fortunate that this character has connected with people,” he stated, before teasing, “All I can tell you is that it is called Loki. It is a new departure … but I can’t explain why.”

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Kenneth Branagh proud of his Marvel Cinematic Universe contribution

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins a…

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

While the movie has received mixed reviews, it was noted that Branagh had paved the way for a different kind of Marvel movie, introducing audiences to the Nine Realms and Norse mythology, and set the bar for the movie’s two sequels – Thor: The Dark World helmed by Alan Taylor, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I’m very proud of my part of it,” Branagh told Den of Geek. “Which was providing a sort of backbone that they could comically riff off, but at least it originally contained some of the high stakes Nine Realms import that that larger mythology has to have as well.”

Thor was just the fourth movie in what became a huge 22-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Endgame bringing the saga to a sweeping, poignant conclusion.

“I think it’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” Branagh shared. “And especially to know that back then, plans though they might have had, they had no idea that it could become what it’s become.”

However, the 58-year-old Brit confessed he still hasn’t had chance to watch the final Avengers movie, despite having such a personal attachment to the film.

“But I’m looking forward to that enormously, on quite a personal level,” he explained. “I think anybody, of the many, many people who were involved in that whole thing, does have sort of a personal (attachment).

“It’s a moving thing for me because I know the massive effort it has been for them, and that they’ve never assumed anything (and) they’ve always stayed honest, I think, in their love for the characters and love for comic books, so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the characters.”

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh join Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie a…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.

In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie also to be released in IMAX.

Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington were among the first stars to be attached, and on Wednesday, studio bosses announced the film would be titled Tenet, and that Taylor-Johnson and Branagh had been cast.

In addition, Clemence Poesy, Michael Caine, and Indian actress Dimple Kapadia will appear.

Few details about the narrative have been released, though the film has been described as an “action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”.

Nolan is directing from his own screenplay, and is producing alongside his wife and collaborator, Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip will serve as executive producer, while Nathan Crowley is the production designer, costumes will be designed by Jeffrey Kurland, and the score is being composed by Ludwig Goransson.

Bosses at Warner Bros. previously reserved the same July slot for when Nolan unveiled Dunkirk in 2017, with the World War II feature about the Dunkirk evacuation – which featured Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy – garnering eight Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and taking home three golden statues.

The filmmaker, also known for making Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, is not currently working on any other movies.

Taylor-Johnson was most recently seen onscreen in Netflix film Outlaw King and is currently filming Kingsman: The Great Game, the third instalment of the Kingsman franchise.

Meanwhile, Branagh starred and directed All Is True, which explored the final days in the life of William Shakespeare, and is also gearing up to begin work on an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, following on from his 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express.

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Kenneth Branagh completed lifelong studies into Shakespeare with retirement story

Kenneth Branagh has put his passion for uncovering the truth about William Shakespeare’s life to bed in his new film all about the Bard’s retirement. The actor and filmmaker has always been fascinated by England’s greatest playwright and decided he’d …

Kenneth Branagh has put his passion for uncovering the truth about William Shakespeare’s life to bed in his new film all about the Bard’s retirement.

The actor and filmmaker has always been fascinated by England’s greatest playwright and decided he’d like to study the last three years of his life with the help of another Shakespeare buff, Ben Elton.

Together, the old pals came up with the script for All Is True, which imagines the writer’s life in his native Stratford-Upon-Avon after he returns home to retire from the London theatre world in 1613.

Branagh, who portrays his hero in the movie, has always soaked up information about Shakespeare’s life, revealing at 16 he hitchhiked to Stratford-Upon-Avon and camped out as he checked out plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

“I also visited all the Shakespearean birthplace sites,” he explains. “Even back then, I wanted to put together the two things: the man himself and the work that he produced. I’ve been interested in that ever since.”

But there is very little written about the Bard’s final years as he struggled with the death of his only son and returned home to a family that didn’t really know him, so screenwriter Elton had to fill in a lot of gaps.

“The first thing I realised was that Shakespeare’s retirement coincided with the Globe (Theatre) fire,” Ben says. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be a mortality wake-up call?’

“I had the idea that Shakespeare would take this as a cue to go home to Stratford and consider his legacy and his place in the world… Coupling that with my chats with Ken about the themes in the (Shakespeare) plays, I came up with what might have been Shakespeare’s reactions to the known events. It’s fiction based on truth.”

Shakespeare retired to Stratford after his beloved Globe Theatre burned to the ground in June, 1613. A misfired spark from an onstage cannon was blamed for the disaster.

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Kenneth Branagh gave experts 90 minutes a day to transform him into William Shakespeare

Kenneth Branagh gave his hair and makeup experts 90 minutes to transform him into William Shakespeare on the set of his new film All Is True, so he could get on with directing the movie. The filmmaker tasked his team with turning him into the Bard in …

Kenneth Branagh gave his hair and makeup experts 90 minutes to transform him into William Shakespeare on the set of his new film All Is True, so he could get on with directing the movie.

The filmmaker tasked his team with turning him into the Bard in his 50s, suing Chandos’ famous portrait of Shakespeare as inspiration – and then told them they had an hour and a half every morning to create their magic.

“I had considered merely being identified as bearded in some way, or look like some version of myself,” Sir Kenneth explains, “but when I went to see this portrait (at the National Portrait Gallery), as I’ve done many times, the soul of William Shakespeare is there to see in some measure.

“I felt that to try to recreate that look was to try to inhabit the man and encourage the audience to come a little closer to the real man without feeling as though I’d got in the way.”

Branagh opted for a high forehead, fake nose and Shakespeare’s pointed beard, adding, “I wanted to get close to that outside look.”

But he stopped short of wearing coloured contact lenses: “Even though Shakespeare’s eyes in the portrait are sort of hazel and my eyes are grey blue, we decided not to have me wear contact lenses. We wanted the bulk of the exterior to be what we most likely think he could’ve looked like, and then tried through the eyes to bring the inside up and out through me.”

The director then gave his hair and makeup designer, Vanessa White, and prosthetic makeup expert, Neill Gorton, 90 minutes a day to create the look.

“We had to get it right in one and a half hours,” White explains. “There was no time for touch-ups. You could never return and say, ‘Oh, I’ve just got to nip you back to the wagon’.”

But they did such a great job that Branagh’s co-star, Sir Ian McKellen, found acting opposite his old friend a little unnerving.

“When the man sitting opposite you is Ken Branagh, but is also William Shakespeare, that’s alarming enough, but he’s also the director,” he says.

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Composer’s daughter recruited for Kenneth Branagh’s film following iPhone ‘audition’

Kenneth Branagh was so impressed with composer pal Patrick Doyle’s homemade Shakespeare tune, recorded by his daughter, he insisted the song should play over the end credits of his new movie All Is True. The filmmaker set Doyle the task of creating mu…

Kenneth Branagh was so impressed with composer pal Patrick Doyle’s homemade Shakespeare tune, recorded by his daughter, he insisted the song should play over the end credits of his new movie All Is True.

The filmmaker set Doyle the task of creating music for the film using two songs from Shakespeare’s plays Cymbeline and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the composer, who has worked with Branagh on 15 features, asked his daughter, Abigail, to sing one.

Abigail sang the tune Fear no more the heat o’ the sun on her dad’s iPhone so he could take it to the director to make sure he was on the right track, and Branagh was so impressed, he not only insisted the tune should feature in full, but he hired Abigail to re-record it.

“He said, ‘She’s your daughter, which is a lovely connection to the story,” Doyle tells WENN.

Branagh’s new film details Shakespeare’s final three years, as he attempts to reconnect with his grown-up daughters Susanna and Judith.

Doyle also used I Know a Bank from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for inspiration as he was creating the music for the film, and he added a couple of instruments from the period, including a Virginal and a bass recorder, to give the soundtrack a 17th century edge.

“It shouldn’t be too period, because there’s a contemporary feel to the film,” the composer adds, revealing he played piano for most of the songs and incorporated chamber strings and harp.

Doyle and Branagh first began working together in the 1980s when the young director hired the composer to work on music for his Renaissance Theatre Company.

The film was released in the U.K. in February (19). It will hit screens in the U.S. in May.

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Kenneth Branagh’s nephews encouraged him to read Artemis Fowl

Kenneth Branagh’s nephews inspired him to take on the movie adaptation of Artemis Fowl after raving about Eoin Colfer’s book series on vacation. The actor-turned-director was so taken by the kids’ response to their holiday reading choice he decided to…

Kenneth Branagh’s nephews inspired him to take on the movie adaptation of Artemis Fowl after raving about Eoin Colfer’s book series on vacation.

The actor-turned-director was so taken by the kids’ response to their holiday reading choice he decided to pick up the books for himself, and then discovered he was a studio front runner to take the stories to the big screen.

“Artemis Fowl has been something I’ve been developing for three years now,” the Brit tells Entertainment Tonight. “My nephews were both reading Artemis Fowl four years ago. We were all on holiday together and they said, ‘You should have a look at this’, and I did.

“Then, about three weeks later, Sean Bailey (from Disney) rang up and said, ‘Have you ever heard of Artemis Fowl?’ I said, ‘I just read the first book!’ There’d been some scripts and versions and developments up to that point, and they said, ‘Would you be interested in taking it on?'”

The film reunites Branagh with fellow Brit Dame Judi Dench, who has appeared in several of his films and plays.

The filmmaker actually switched the sex of her character, so she could play Root and he reveals the actress is struggling with the role at times.

“I’ve worked with her many times now, and it was just something that a great theatre director, Pete Brook, refers to as the ‘uninformed hunch’… Whenever I ask Judi to do something, she says, ‘Is it different?’ The other day… Judi looked a little bit trembly lip. She said, ‘I don’t know how to play this part’, and I said, ‘Maybe one of the things is that it sounds quite unlike anything you’ve ever done, you look quite unlike anyone you’ve ever looked like – and I knew that would appeal to you’.

“We arranged a meeting and I said, ‘So, should we talk about the characters?’ And then she started walking around (and) just threw the odd line out… She just started doing this (voice)… Then she turned into this six-year-old and said, ‘You think that would be any good?’ I said, ‘That would be good. That would be really good!’

“I reminded her about this the other day… and she was tickled pink. She said, ‘Rehearsals are useful!'”

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