Ahead of the film’s release next month, catch a quick look at this ‘cold war thriller on steroids’: it’s Tetris.
Tetris, the soon-to-release film about one of the world’s most popular video game titles, is set to arrive in March of 2023. Even better, you won’t have to rearrange its shape as it descends quickly from the sky to make sure it lands plum in your home media player. Instead, you can just head to Apple TV+. Taron Egerton stars and the film is set to be rated R for all sorts of cursing.
Apple picked the film up for production in 2020, with filming taking place early last year in Scotland, doubling for Russia. Jon S Baird has directed for the film with Matthew Vaughn producing. Nikita Efrenov will play Alexey Pajitnov, ‘the Russian programmer who first created the game in 1984. In the coming years, the rights to the game had been kept out of Pajitnov’s reach until reverting back to him in 1996. That year, Pajitnov founded the Tetris Company with Henk Rogers (played by Egerton) to manage licensing. The Tetris movie will focus primarily on this legal battle.’
Jon S Baird’s last couple of films were Filth and Stan & Ollie, both of which were uniformly excellent so we’re looking forward to this one.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Rogers discovers TETRIS in 1988, and then risks everything by traveling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov to bring the game to the masses. Based on a true story, TETRIS is a “Cold War–era thriller on steroids, with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes, and a nail-biting race to the finish.’
The film gets its world premiere at SXSW on March 15th ahead of on Apple TV+ release on March 31st. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer below.
Thank you for visiting! If you’d like to support our attempts to make a non-clickbaity movie website:
Buy our Film Stories and Film Junior print magazines here.
Become a Patron here.