For a moment, let’s excuse the strange sight of Matt Damon preparing to wage war atop the Great Wall of China and bask in the absurd visual wonder of Zhang Yimou in this trailer for their upcoming Legendary Pictures/Universal film, The Great Wall.
In the film, Damon plays a member of an elite force making a stand for humanity on the Wall. The film is Yimou’s first English-language project, and features performances by Willem Dafoe and Pedro Pascal. I have to admit I’ve never been overly-fond of Yimou’s work, but films like Hero and House of Flying Daggers are beautiful to look at. It will be interesting to see how his visual sense translates to a blockbuster fantasy Matt Damon vehicle.
The Great Wall comes to theaters on February 17th, 2017.