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Watch: Matt Damon in First Trailer for Zhang Yimou's 'The Great Wall'

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July 28, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Great Wall Trailer

"What were they trying to keep out?" Universal has debuted the first official trailer for Zhang Yimou's new movie The Great Wall, produced by Legendary Pictures in China as one of the most expensive movies ever made in China. It's about the various mysteries of the construction of the Great Wall of China, and features an international cast lead by Matt Damon. Also featuring Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Han Lu, Kenny Lin and Zhang Hanyu. As also expected with Zhang Yimou, this is visually astounding with some epic shots of the construction of the wall and immensely detailed costumes and big battles and everything else you could imagine… including some giant creatures.

Here's the first official trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, direct from Legendary's YouTube:

The Great Wall Poster

Set in the Northern Song Dynasty, the story is about mysteries centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall is directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, of the films The Road Home, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War, and Coming Home most recently. The screenplay is by Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro; from an original story by Thomas Tull and Max Brooks. This is one of Legendary Pictures co-productions with China. It is the most expensive film ever shot entirely in China with a budget of $135 million. Universal will release Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall in theaters everywhere starting February 17th, 2017 next year. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 36 Comments

1

Let's hope none of the actors will fly in this movie.

tarek on Jul 28, 2016

2

it's Zhang Yimou and involves ancient battles. therefore, people *will* fly. sure as John Woo will have two handguns fired at the same time while some lost white doves fly across the screen.

son_et_lumiere on Jul 28, 2016

3

So basically, this is a movie we must watch with 3 grams of alcohol in our blood.

tarek on Jul 28, 2016

4

Based on the genre of this movie, it's like saying, "Let's hope in the next Marvel movie none of the actors will fly."

bumboclot on Jul 28, 2016

5

;D Dardevil doesn't fly. Spiderman doesn't fly.

tarek on Jul 28, 2016

6

no...just no

Bob on Jul 28, 2016

7

I am a little upset of the amount of involvement the Chinese have in Hollywood. It seems they are producing about 3/4 of the films nowadays.

DAVIDPD on Jul 28, 2016

8

It truly is amazing how much Hollywood has "sold" itself to China...the product placement alone has gotten out of hand (T4 comes to mind). But it has gone beyond that...China saved the day in The Martian. And ID4:2 took it to a whole new level...dedicated an entire sequence of the movie to China. Strange days.

Gohikeone on Jul 28, 2016

9

Strange days wasn't produced by china.

tarek on Jul 28, 2016

10

Sorry to ask this, tarek, but are you from an English speaking country? I enjoy most of your posts here on FS, but Gohi was using an idiom there that most Americans or Britons would recognize.

DAVIDPD on Jul 28, 2016

11

Hey David. I was just teasing him. Not everything should be taken seriously. ;D

tarek on Jul 28, 2016

12

Well, China accounts for huge box office in the international market and Hollywood certainly loves that. Plus, Hollywood could never get this movie going. Ed Zwick was going to direct it, but it never got off the ground. He and his writing partner have a story credit on this, but not writing credit. Perhaps it ended where it belonged...in China...where the Great Wall just happens to be...righto cheerio? Plus this director is much, much more talented than Zwick so alls well that end well like this one did.

Bo on Jul 28, 2016

13

China is a huge market today, David. Read my reply to Gohikeone below which includes a bit of history on this film which failed to happen in America so somehow ended where it belonged...in China.

Bo on Jul 28, 2016

14

I get that it has to do with their market involvement. It just saddens me that no one has the integrity to keep their fingers out of our movies. Seeing these China driven subplots or characters shoe horned into films is just sad.

DAVIDPD on Jul 29, 2016

15

Okay...I suppose one could say it's sad. It's the big, bad world, man! Integrity has nothing to do with it as it's business...big business. Big money. I don't know about this 'out of 'our' movies' thing, David. To me, if anyone lacks integrity it's Hollywood and their willingness to do anything with anybody to make more money. Cheers!

Bo on Jul 29, 2016

16

This film would be ok if it wasn't for the fact that there are too many arrows being used in this film!

LV 426 on Jul 28, 2016

17

Looking at the pre-credits I see China is producing most of the movies these days

Trey on Jul 28, 2016

18

yeaaah... no thank you

toonfed on Jul 28, 2016

19

What is Damon doing in this?? Just bad, like the new King Arthur bad...

Steven on Jul 28, 2016

20

absolutely love me some Zhang Yimou, always a feast for the eyes. looks like all that cash is on screen for sure. Matt "Matt Damon" Damon's appearance is, well, *different* for one of Zhang's films, as is the sudden arrival of big beasties. now don't know what to think. colour me confused.

son_et_lumiere on Jul 28, 2016

21

Mongolians will be pissed about this. Yeah, we all know they were a bit wild back in those days, but picture them like this? And Matt Damon, he's clearly lost there ...

shiboleth on Jul 28, 2016

22

Mongols were a very sophisticated Dothraki people. If Abraham Lincoln can be a vampire killer, everything is possible.

tarek on Jul 29, 2016

23

So, those were Khaleesi's dragons in the trailer..? Don't say... Man, that really got me ...

shiboleth on Jul 29, 2016

24

Valar morghulis my friend. ;D

tarek on Jul 29, 2016

25

Bruh, that looks epic. I was sold at the first appearance of Pedro Pascal, and it just kept getting better.

Lar Rackell on Jul 28, 2016

26

Looks like a visual epic...but Matt Damon seems displaced....kind of like Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai....

RAW_D on Jul 28, 2016

27

While I agree about Matt Damon feeling out of place, the whole point of Last Samurai is that Tom Cruise's character was displaced. I'm sure there is a reason Damon's character is there.

David Diaz on Jul 29, 2016

28

I was referring to the casting, not the actually story point. Just disappointing that Hollywood can't be confident in a story itself, and has to throw in a recognizable face that takes up 90% of the poster in order to sell tickets. And I hope his characters reason to be there is seasonable and well constructed.

RAW_D on Jul 29, 2016

29

And to add insult to injury, Matt Damon will be the savior of the universe. Because you need to be a white guy to save the day in Hollywood.

tarek on Jul 29, 2016

30

Right! And I while I completely understand this movie isn't 100% historically accurate, throwing a westerner in as the titular hero... KIND of a bold move.

RAW_D on Jul 29, 2016

31

we don't know how the story unfolds or how the characters are involved in it - give the race war a rest.

dan on Jul 29, 2016

32

It's not about race, it's about Hollywood mentality.

tarek on Jul 30, 2016

33

"Well, I've written a film, maybe they'll produce my film. The Last Nigga on Earth, starring Tom Hanks. How about that?" - Paul Mooney, Chappelle Show

kevjohn on Jul 29, 2016

34

;D

tarek on Jul 30, 2016

35

GOJIRA!!!!

Sharkman1963 on Jul 29, 2016

36

looks awful. Maybe worse than the crapfest jacki chan movie dragon blade.

Henry Willis on Aug 4, 2016

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