Director George Miller (the genius behind Mad Max: Fury Road) is back with a supernatural cautionary tale about a Djinn who desperately wants to escape his entrapment by tricking a lonely person into making 3 wishes.
Three Thousand Years of Longing — an epic fantasy based on novelist A.S. Byatt’s short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” — tells the story of Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), a solitary mythography scholar who’s almost entirely thrown herself into her work. The movie’s new trailer finds Alithea on her way to Istanbul both for a conference and a bit of shopping at a bazaar where she just so happens to purchase the bottle containing a djinn (Idris Elba). Being the expert of myths and legends that she is, Alithea knows that taking the djinn up on his offer of three wishes is a surefire way to inadvertently end up ruining her life, and so she instead implores the djinn to tell her about the people he’s granted wishes for in the past.
The film is in production in Australia, and is scheduled to premiere worldwide May 24, 2024.
“Three Thousand Years of Longing” premieres in U.S. theaters Aug. 31. Watch the full trailer below.