Apple TV+ delivered the Tetris trailer, a movie that tells a thrilling true story about the classic arcade game (seen below). Taron Egerton (Rocketman) leads the film, which hits the streaming platform on March 31. It will also premiere at SXSW.
The Tetris trailer introduces viewers to Henk Rogers (Egerton), who became a huge fan of this little video game in 1988. He goes on a dangerous adventure to Russia to meet the game’s creator Alexey Pajitnov (A Good Man star Nikita Efremov), to deliver the game to the world as the Soviet Union held the global rights and held the game for itself. The glimpse at the story shows a stylish, dramatic, and comedic twist on Cold War thrillers.
The leading stars are joined by Toby Jones (The Pale Blue Eye), Sofya Lebedeva (Vikings: Valhalla), Ben Miles (Andor), Rick Yune (Alita: Battle Angel), and Roger Allam (The Sandman).
Tetris trailer gives glimpse into wild story behind arcade game from Apple TV
The film was directed by Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie) and written by Noah Pink (Genius). Matthew Vaughn, Gillian Berrie, Claudia Vaughn, Len Blavatnik, and Gregor Cameron produced.
The Tetris trailer shows a different take on video game stories. The closest equivalent is this year’s Gran Turismo, which tells a true story of a player of the game series becoming a real racing driver. Most tend to adapt the game’s themselves, with a slew in the making like God of War, Horizon, Gears of War, and Twisted Metal. Recent adaptations include The Last of Us, Uncharted, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
In today’s landscape of AAA games like Call of Duty selling like crazy or free-to-play games like Fortnite and Marvel Snap gathering masses of fans, Tetris is still the best-selling game of all time with 520 million copies sold. That is a massive step above others, like Minecraft (238 million) and Grand Theft Auto V (175 million).