UPDATE (DEC 13): The prologue has been rated by the German FSK today, confirming a runtime of 6 and a half minutes. This also confirms that, much like the previous Nolan prologues, the footage is set to be played internationally – most importantly depending on if the local Warner Bros. distributor will translate the content into the country’s language.

As excited as we all are about getting an extended peek at Nolan’s latest next week, there are a couple of things to bear in mind, that we would like to highlight:

  • The initial rollout of the Dunkirk prologue three years ago was more limited than it first seemed it would be. Supposedly owing to contractual discussions with Disney over it screening ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, only a set of select venues across the world screened the preview.
  • Likely due to Warner Bros. and the filmmakers’ desire for secrecy, from our understanding, digital copies of the preview were locked from payback until the first screenings of Rogue One in the United States. Given the 24-48 hours earlier release of the film in countries such as the UK – which is happening also with The Rise of Skywalker – only venues screening the film in 70mm IMAX such as London’s BFI IMAX got to show the extended preview at the first screenings. The Rise of Skywalker will not be receiving a 70mm film release, so the film and the prologue are expected to be rolled out in digital formats only.

You can find the list of venues that played the Dunkirk prologue upon its initial release with Rogue One in 2016 here. Until an official confirmation of venues and screening times comes in, this might be the best bet to figure out whether you will get a chance to see it – but fingers crossed Warner Bros’, Disney’s and IMAX’s approach to the rollout is different this time around.

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Original post follows:

In what should come as a surprise to no one who has followed the marketing campaigns for Christopher Nolan’s films, our next look at the filmmaker’s top-secret Tenet is set to be with us very soon. Following a tradition established with The Dark Knight back in 2007 to highlight its first-time fiction feature use of IMAX cameras, an extended prologue sequence for the film has been rated tonight by the MPA.

The runtime of the piece is still, as of yet, unknown – TDK and The Dark Knight Rises pieces were the opening 10 or so minutes of the film, while the Dunkirk one was a ‘short film version’ of parts of the film’s first act. You can read more about Nolan’s prologues in a retrospective piece we did last year.

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It is almost a certainty that this will be attached to IMAX screenings of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in just over three weeks time, akin to Dunkirk’s prologue with spin-off Rogue One back in 2016, though hopefully this time, at all IMAX locations – we suspect a list, if it’s not all locations and showings, to be released closer to the time. And alongside this, we expect a brand-new trailer for the film itself – surely releasing online this time – to debut in time for the release of J.J. Abrams’ epic saga conclusion, to play with non-IMAX screenings of the film.

As always, we’ll be sure to have more info on everything Tenet here as it comes in.

An action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh, the film is released July 17 in the U.S. and the UK.

(h/t Ace and collin49 on NolanFans.com)

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