Fresh off a banner year that included Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac returns to team up with Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in the upcoming drama The Promise. While a release date hasn’t been given for this World War I drama, Survival Pictures has released the first trailer for The Promise. If it does end up getting released at the end of this year, it could end up becoming a sleeper pick during awards season.
The new trailer debuted on Survival Pictures’ YouTube, offering our first footage from the movie. The story is set in the year 1914, and as the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.
When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive – even as monumental events envelope their lives. The supporting cast includes Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarafyan, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Daniel Giminez Cacho and Marwan Kenzari.
Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road, The Shore) directs The Promise from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Eric Esrailian, Mike Medavoy, Ralph Winter and William Horberg serve as producers. Take a look at the new trailer for The Promise.