The film, from "House of Flying Daggers" director Zhang Yimou, is set about 1,000 years ago, starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Luhan, and Willem Dafoe. Entertainment Weekly shared the first photos from the movie, and Legendary Pictures and Universal posted the first full trailer. As EW noted, if you're expecting a historical epic about the building of the wall, think again.
This is a monster movie.
Zhang explained to EW, "At its core, it is a period piece and an action film. The fantasy element does play a major role because of the monsters. But, what makes our film unique is that these are ancient Chinese monsters. Even though it's a fantasy movie, we filmed it in a very realistic way. We want it to feel like the events actually happened. Other than the monster, all aspects of this film are backed by either scientific or historical research."
No one has superpowers. It is as "realistic" as possible, for a monster movie set in China, but with American screenwriters and a Chinese director blending East and West elements.
Watch the epic trailer:
Here's the official synopsis:
"Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary's The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau."
Yes, Matt Damon is the new Jon Snow, taking a stand for mankind at The Wall. (Hopefully this guy knows more than nothing.)
Check out a few more photos:
"The Great Wall" will be released in 3D on February 17, 2017.
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When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Read More