Christopher Nolan Mystery Movie Adds Elizabeth Debicki

Christopher Nolan's untitled new movie has added Widows' Elizabeth Debicki to a cast that already includes John David Washington.

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We still do not have a name or logline for Christopher Nolan’s next project, which is slated for July 2020, but we now know that it’ll also star Elizabeth Debicki. Indeed, Variety continues to trickle out casting announcements from WB for the mysterious project, which in the last day has publicly added John David Washington and then Robert Pattinson to its top-billed cast. Debicki is the third major actor tapped for a lead role, for which there are few other details.

Even so, the film is a highly visible and coveted project which shows Debicki’s career is continuing to be on the rise. One of the breakout stars of 2013’s The Great Gatsby, Debicki has done a variety of supporting roles since then, including in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but recently became the acting MVP in the ridiculously rich ensemble of Widows, last year’s fantastic and somewhat underrated socio-thriller from director Steve McQueen. Playing one of three recently widowed wives of career criminals, Debicki joined Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez in finishing their husband’s work with the most ambitious score to date.

Little is known about Christopher Nolan’s newest movie other than it comes out on July 17, 2020, however it will be shot at least partially in IMAX photography (as all of his films since 2008 have been, barring Inception) and that it’s been described as “an action blockbuster.” That might explain its primetime summer real estate and the fact that WB is listing it as a “Christopher Nolan Event.” Few directors get such lofty descriptions, but then few directors today can open original IP projects for adults like Inception and Dunkirk in the heat of summer and have bonafide hits. The latter, his most recent film from 2017, was especially noteworthy since despite being a World War II drama, it was fairly experimental with its lack of character development and sparse use of dialogue. That he could make such artful picture on a grand commercial scale and be rewarded with a $500-plus million box office haul is definitely worthy of the title “event.”

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David Crow is the Film Section Editor at Den of Geek. He’s also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. Read more of his work here. You can follow him on Twitter @DCrowsNest.