Thrilling new trailer drops for Aussie director George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton – as the film wows in Cannes
English star Idris Elba plays a mysterious genie with pointy elven ears in the new Australian-made blockbuster, Three Thousand Years of Longing.
A spectacular trailer for the film, which premiered to a ga-ga audience at the Cannes Film Festival overnight, shows the 49-year-old Thor actor flirting with 61-year-old Tilda Swinton – before exploding into a cloud of ash.
Set between the modern day and the distant past, the romantic fantasy has Swinton’s lonely academic, Alithea, discovering Elba’s genie or Djinn, in an Istanbul market.
Sexy and mysterious: English star Idris Elba plays a mysterious genie with pointy elven ears in the new Australian-made romantic blockbuster, Three Thousand Years of Longing
An intelligent spirit, Djinn has been trapped in an urn for centuries.
In return for his freedom, Djinn is prepared to grant Alithea three wishes.
But first, Djinn has to persuade the sceptical scholar that he even exists.
The preview shows Swinton’s character cracking open a beautiful ornamental jar – which then unleashes an enormous black and red cloud of steamy smoke.
Bizarre: A scene from the spectacular trailer for the film, which premiered to a ga-ga audience at the Cannes Film Festival overnight, showing Idris Elba dissolving into ash
Freedom at stake: In the film, Idris plays a genie who grants three wishes to Tilda Swinton
A giant sized version of Elba’s Djinn is then seen crouching on Swinton’s hotel bed before asking her: ‘So what will you wish for?’
‘What is your heart’s desire?’
She responds: ‘What does one do with three wishes?’
The genie assures her that ‘we all have desires, even if they remain hidden from us.’
The trailer builds to a frantic collection of bizarre scenes including an ancient spa, a Babylonian battleground and a creepy looking giant spider.
The $60million film, based on a short story by AS Byant, was produced in Sydney last year by Mad Max: Fury Road creator George Miller.
Master filmmaker: George Miller (pictured) received a six-minute standing ovation when Three Thousand Years of Longing had its world premiere at the Cannes film Festival overnight
Friday night’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the film world’s most influential event, Three Thousand Years of Longing was a triumph.
Variety reports that the packed audience gave the film a six-minute standing ovation.
Three Thousand Years of Longing opens in Australia in September.
New film: Three Thousand Years of Longing opens in Australia in September