Apple’s Tetris movie lines up real history with a retro thriller

Actor Nikita Efremov shown in character as Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov, manipulating blocks on a desk in front of a 1980s-era computer.
Nikita Efremov as Alexey Pajitnov in “Tetris,” premiering March 31, 2023 on Apple TV+. | Image: Apple TV Plus

The Tetris movie that’s been in the works for almost a decade is actually happening, and Apple has finally unveiled an official trailer ahead of its SXSW premiere. This upcoming Apple Original Films “blockbuster” (sorry) is based on a true story, starring Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, a Dutch entrepreneur who becomes so enamored with the titular game that he travels to the Soviet Union during the end of the Cold War in order secure its distribution rights.

There, he encounters the game’s inventor, Alexey Pajitnov (portrayed by A Good Man’s Nikita Efremov), and villainous KGB agents, all while navigating the increasing tensions between the Soviet government and the West. It’s certainly a different approach from previous films we’ve seen…

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