Tenet was originally going to be released in July 2020, but was delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is now schedule for release on August 12, 2020.
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.
- John David Washington as the Protagonist
- Robert Pattinson
- Elizabeth Debicki
- Dimple Kapadia as Susan
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Junior
- Clémence Poésy
- Michael Caine
- Kenneth Branagh as the film's villain. He is a Russian terrorist with an ability of communicating with the future and seeks World War III.
- Himesh Patel as Michelle
- Denzil Smith as Liam, an arms dealer and the husband of Kapadia's character.
- Martin Donovan as Victor
Ludwig Göransson will compose the score as Nolan's frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer was committed to the 2020 film Dune. Jennifer Lame will edit the film, replacing Nolan's long-time editor Lee Smith.
John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki were cast in March 2019. Pattinson said the script was kept so secretive that he was only permitted to read it once while locked in a room. The casting of Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh was announced as filming started. Himesh Patel was added to the cast in August.
Principal photography began in May 2019 and will take place in seven countries, including the United Kingdom, Estonia, Italy, and India. Filming took place in Estonia in June and July, with the Linnahall, Pärnu Highway, and adjacent streets closed to make way for filming. Tallinn mayor Mihhail Kõlvart expressed concerns about potential disruptions as the original shooting schedule required that the arterial Laagna Road be closed for one month. Production eventually reached a compromise involving temporary road closures and detours. The city government later granted a two-day extension to allow filming to be completed. Scenes were shot at Cannon Hall, Hampstead in late August. Nolan traveled to Mumbai in February and April for location scouting, where portions of the film are due to be shot in September. Locations include Colaba Causeway, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, and Colaba Market.
Director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema is using a combination of 70mm film and IMAX.