The first American movie shot in the People’s Republic of China gets a massive trailer that shows a much broader set of characters.
It could be to avoid the whitewashing accusations or to simply appeal to Chinese audiences, but we also see “what were they trying to keep out”, in much more detail.
After introducing Matt Damon’s character, the nine minute long trailer/featurette delves into army specifics (with Chinese narration) revealing that there are five different armies stationed at The Great Wall, defending it with different types of weapons and armor from the monsters that attack every 60 years.
Damon plays a Western mercenary who comes to China to steal gunpowder and possibly a legendary weapon. He joins an epic battle against a beast from ancient Chinese mythology named Taotie.
Also staring int the film are Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
The Great Wall is directed by Zhang Yimou.
It is scheduled to be released in China on December 16, 2016 by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group Corporation and in the United States on February 17, 2017 by Universal Pictures.