Director Christopher Nolan’s next movie is so top secret that when star Robert Pattison first read the script, he was actually locked in a room to ensure nobody else got a peek. Since Warner Bros. confirmed back in January that Nolan’s next movie would have a July 2020 release, the project has been cloaked in mystery. Apart from being drip-fed a few nuggets of intel regarding casting and shooting dates, things have been very hush-hush. Naturally, all the secrecy has had Nolan fans and the wider film community wondering just what the director has in store next.

Reportedly described by a production insider as “a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” the much-anticipated mystery movie will be Nolan’s first since the release of his critically acclaimed World War II drama Dunkirk in 2017. Just a few weeks ago it was reported that Pattinson would star in Nolan’s next movie, but it seems the actor will be keeping just as tight-lipped as everyone else involved with the project.

According to USA Today, Pattinson has been “sworn to secrecy” with Nolan and the rest of the production team, even going so far as to lock him in a room while he was reading the movie’s script to prevent it from being leaked. The actor, whose recent credits include Claire Denis’ sci-fi film High Life and the crime film Good Time, stated, “I got locked in a room to read the script - I don’t have it myself.” Pattinson joins fellow cast members confirmed to star in the mystery film including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Elizabeth Debicki and BlacKkKlansman’s John David Washington, who were presumably also locked in a room to read the top secret script and didn’t get to keep their own copy either.

Despite those extreme measures, Pattinson - who is also starring in a few forthcoming 2019 releases including Robert Eggers’ new horror The Lighthouse and historical Netflix drama The King - doesn’t seem put off. In fact, it looks like he’s very excited to start working with Nolan, a director it seems the actor admires greatly He said:

Pattinson calling the script “unreal” is certainly encouraging news, but we’re all still largely in the dark about Nolan’s new film. A couple of years ago, Nolan said he was done with superhero movies, so a film in a similar vein to his much-loved Dark Knight trilogy can probably be ruled out. Recently, it was revealed the movie would feature a globe-spanning adventure involving the time continuum, which had fans wondering if it might be more along the lines of Nolan’s Inception or Interstellar, minus the outer space setting. We’ll find out when it’s released summer 2020, but until then the speculation continues.

“I’ve been a little wary of doing big movies for years and years, but there’s just something about Chris Nolan’s stuff. He seems like the only director now who can do what is essentially a very personal, independent movie that has huge scale. I read the script and it’s unreal.”

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Source: USA Today