Universal and Legendary Pictures have released their first trailer for the new Zhang Yimou-directed film “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon … and it’s a doozy. Watch the trailer above.
Set during the 1,700-year creation of the Great Wall of China, the film takes a science-fiction approach to one of mankind’s greatest wonders by suggesting, “What were they trying to keep out?” Is it a dragon? A dinosaur? A mythical monster? We can’t wait to find out when it’s released in America on February 17, 2017.
Damon currently headlines “Jason Bourne” and is coming off his fourth career Oscar bid for “The Martian.” He previously prevailed at the Academy Awards by writing “Good Will Hunting” (1997) with buddy Ben Affleck. Starring alongside Damon in “The Great Wall” are Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
While Yimou is mostly known for directing “Hero” (Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee in 2002) and “House of Flying Daggers” (Best Cinematography Oscar nominee in 2004), “The Great Wall” is his first English-language production. It’s also the most expensive film ever shot entirely on location in China.
The fact that “The Great Wall” doesn’t premiere until next February in the states suggests Universal doesn’t see it as a major Oscar contender, as most such films usually come out in the later months of a given year. However, we’d beg to differ based on the impressive visual effects, production design, cinematography and sound effects seen in the 90-second trailer.
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