This Trailer For George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ Is A Visual Feast That Demands To Be Seen [Watch]

What would you wish for?

Three Thousand Years of Longing
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George Miller is, quite simply, a visionary. Between a wholesome movie about a talking pig to one of the best epic films of our time, Miller knows how to create a sumptuous cinematic feast (no pun intended, sorry Babe). Now, Miller is back in the directing chair with his new epic, Three Thousand Years of Longing. He leaves the world of chrome and sand for the realm of fantasy, witches, and Idris Elba as a charming Djinn.

Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic—content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she encounters a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. 

This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real. Second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually, she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

Watch the trailer now:

Swinton and Elba together on screen is already a wish come true for this writer. And the trailer alone teases quite a bit of tentative yet electric chemistry between the two of them.

Miller and Augusta Gore wrote Three Thousand Years of Longing. The script is based on the short story, “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” by A.S. Byatt.

Three Thousand Years of Longing hits theaters this summer.

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