Robert Pattinson Q&A / Tenet, The Batman

Robert Pattinson is on a roll. Parallel to his critically-acclaimed and starkly affecting performance in The Lighthouse, he was given the rights to don the cape and cowl in The Batman, the latest reboot of the DC superhero franchise.  Though the coronavirus pandemic has delayed shooting on the film, audiences won’t have long to wait to see Pattinson in action, however.  This July, in what could well be the biggest movie of the post-lockdown summer, the 33-year-old London actor stars in TENET, the sci-fi thriller directed by Christopher Nolan.  (Ironically, Nolan helmed the “Dark Knight” trilogy with Christian Bale in the title role.)

The release of the trailer for Tenet suggests that Pattinson and co-star John David Washington will be taking a wild ride indeed in keeping with Nolan’s trademark visionary style that we saw in Dunkirk, Interstellar, and Inception.  For his part, Pattinson was at once grateful and thrilled that Nolan sought him out.

“I literally started this year with no job,” Pattinson said in a recent interview about how 2019 was shaping up for him. “I remember my agent saying, ‘You’re not really on anybody’s list. The movies are well reviewed, but they aren’t big hits.’ And then a week later I got another call out of the blue: ‘Do you want to be in a Chris Nolan movie?’ I was like: ‘Wait – how did that happen?'”

Tenet co-stars Pattinson and Washington as two men caught up in a world of international espionage and embark on a mission to save the planet as per the official synopsis for the film.  As is typical of Nolan’s epic storytelling, the film will also feature a formidable supporting cast that includes Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Savages), Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, and Martin Donovan.

As far as the plot of Tenet is concerned, Nolan has imposed a cone of silence on his cast.  Pattinson is however willing to reveal that he was hugely impressed by his time working under the acclaimed British director.

“[Tenet] is so insane…There are so many parts of the movie where I thought, I cannot believe this is happening. It’s just so huge, so weirdly audacious[…] I can’t imagine what it’ll look like. But it’s going to be pretty amazing”…

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