Christopher Nolan's mysterious event film casts BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. slated the director's next project for July 2020, but the general public has been kept in the dark about it ever since. Plot details are virtually nonexistent, with rumors about it potentially being a romantic thriller that mixes North by Northwest with Inception seemingly debunked. Still, Nolan's involvement guarantees the movie will remain a point of interest amongst cinephiles as they patiently await official information.
Washington, son of acting legend Denzel Washington, experienced a major breakout last year via his role as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's Best Picture nominee BlacKkKlansman. In the historical drama, the younger Washington proved he inherited his father's acting chops and could carry a compelling film on his shoulders. Though he was snubbed by the Oscars, Washington did receive Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his BlacKkKlansman performance, and his work clearly caught the eye of Nolan. The two are set to collaborate on Nolan's next project.
Variety reports Washington has been cast as the lead in Nolan's upcoming movie. Unsurprisingly, specifics about Washington's role are being kept under wraps for the time being - though the part was "highly coveted." Given Nolan's pedigree, that shouldn't be a shock.
BlacKkKlansman put Washington on the map, but working with Nolan should make his profile grow exponentially. Nolan is one of the most successful filmmakers of the 21st century, as his movies typically perform very well at the box office (Dunkirk, with its unorthodox structure and relatively unknown cast, still earned $526.9 million worldwide) and garner widespread critical praise. Nolan's protagonists tend to be obsessed people tortured or haunted by something traumatic from their past, so it'll be interesting to see how Washington's character compares to the likes of Inception's Dom Cobb, Memento's Leonard, and Bruce Wayne of the Dark Knight trilogy. Whatever Nolan has in store, Washington possesses the range and talent to deliver another strong performance. In BlacKkKlansman, he was able to delicately balance the film's humorous and serious elements to craft a dynamic character.
Nolan plans to begin filming later this year, so this is likely the first of many updates that'll come out in the near future. The fact there's so much secrecy surrounding it is highly intriguing, and many are curious to find out what the film is all about. Since it's being released in IMAX, it's reasonable to assume it'll be another one of Nolan's trademark big-scale spectacles that looks to immerse viewers with jaw-dropping set pieces and visual effects. Lending credence to that is Variety saying the project is a "massive, innovative blockbuster." Time will tell what he has in store (and who else will join Washington in the cast), but this is already shaping up to be one of 2020's must-see titles.