Trailer: Apple boots up Tetris thriller this March
James R | On 17, Feb 2023
Apple is booting up Tetris this March, and a new trailer gives us a first look at the unlikely thriller.
The film, starring Taron Egerton, tells the unbelievable story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to avid players around the globe. Henk Rogers (Egerton) discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by traveling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Efremov) to bring the game to the masses. Based on a true story, Tetris is a Cold War–era thriller that combines video game nostalgia with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes and a nail-biting race to the finish.
Directed by Jon S Baird from a script by Noah Pink, the film is produced by Matthew Vaughn, Gillian Berrie, Claudia Vaughn, Len Blavatnik and Gregor Cameron, with Zygi Kamasa, Carlos Peres, Iain Mackenzie, Noah Pink, Taron Egerton, Danny Cohen, Amanda Ghost, Vince Holden, Henk Rogers, Alexey Pajitnov and Maya Rogers executive producing.
The film premieres on Apple TV+ on 31st March. Here’s the trailer:
Apple TV+ picks up Tetris starring Taron Egerton
21st November 2020
Apple TV+ is reportedly booting Tetris: The Movie, with Taron Egerton on board to star.
The film, which is produced by Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films and Leonard Blavatnik’s AI Film, and supported by Screen Scotland, tells the story of the iconic video game. Egerton plays Henk Rogers, the Dutch designer who secured the rights to distribute the block-moving puzzler on consoles, where it became a major hit, and was later tied up with a copyright dispute surrounding the game in the 1980s.
Stan & Ollie helmer Jon S Baird is directing the project, with Noah Pink (Genius, The Show) penning the screenplay. Now, Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has picked up the cartridge and slotted it into its growing roster of original films. Casting is underway for other roles, such as Russian software engineer and Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov, and businessmen Robert and Kevin Maxwell.
Production is reportedly set to begin in December, with Gregor Cameron also producing through his banner Unigram, under a pact with AI Film, and Gillian Berrie.
It follows Apple TV+’s boarding of a number of other high-profile projects, including Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Snow Blind, and Justin Timberlake’s Palmer.