Hugh Jackman Enters Memories in Reminiscence Trailer debut

Warner Bros. has released the trailer for Reminiscence, the upcoming sci-fi film starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, and Daniel Wu. The film is written and directed by Lisa Joy, who’s no stranger to the sci-fi genre since she co-created HBO’s Westworld.

Joy talks about the inspiration for the film and the importance of memory during the sneak peek event. She discovered an old photo of a woman belonging to her grandfather, who he never mentioned after their encounters.

“Something about her made such an impression that he named his house after her and kept that photo of her after all those years,” Joy explained. “And it made me start to think about memory and our lives in general, the moments that pass by and maybe disappear. They don’t stay with us, those connections necessarily, but they meant something that changed us and touched us. How nice would it be to be able to go back to those memories fully for a moment, to live that life and feel the way you felt when you experienced them.”

Music is very important to Joy and the film, and she brought Ramin Djawadi on board, who worked with her on Westworld. For the trailer song and credits, she was introduced to singers Amber Mark and Loner [sp?].

“[With] their internationalism and their soulfulness, [they] would be the perfect singers for this,” Joy said. “And together we kind of worked on the theme. We wanted it to have that sense of swagger and scope, but also a bit of sensuality and mystery. We wanted the music and the instrumentation to be similar to that, which was used throughout the score, so it felt wholly of a piece. Together they came up with this incredible song that I’ve listened to now a gazillion times, which is a good sign.”

Hugh Jackman plays Nick Bannister, someone who has fought in the war and is using his tech of entering memories to help others.

“My character is fairly a broken man at the beginning,” Jackman said. “His experience in the war, on the frontlines and as an interrogator, has left him really quite broken and really disengaged and distrusting of the world. He has this company, which is fading at best. And into that world comes the incredible May, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who’s extraordinary. That changes everything.”

Synopsis: Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession. As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae’s disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy, and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love?

Reminiscence hits theaters on August 20, 2021. It will also be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.

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