Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal Join the Chinese in Fighting Dragons in Second Great Wall Trailer

Posted on October 15, 2016

Pedro Pascal and Matt Damon in The Great Wall

We love the set up for the upcoming action epic, The Great Wall posits that the real reason the Chinese built the Great Wall was to keep out monsters who are bent on destroying the world. It's 5500 miles long and took 1700 years to build, so clearly they had an excellent reason for such an amazing project. Matt Damom and Pedro Pascal are Europeans who travel to China to find a cutting edge weapon.

What they find is an entire empire which is preparing for war against monsters. They decide to join the fight when they realize how high the stakes are in this conflict. The film was directed by highly acclaimed director Yimou Zhang and also stars Willem Dafoe, Tian Jing, Andy Lau, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Hanyu Zhang and Junkai Wang.

There has been some criticism of the fact that European characters travel to China. Clearly these people are not familiar with the Tarin mummies which indicate, after extensive DNA testing, that Western Europeans did indeed make their way to China sometime in the ancient past. So did people from India. In fact, there was quite a bit of long distance traveling in the distant past -- much more than one would think given the primitive methods of travel. Sadly, the scientists did not discover any evidence of dragons or other fantastical creatures.

The director did the casting, and he clearly wanted to make a film that would appeal to both the Chinese and Western audiences. In any event, it looks fantastic. Take a look:



Photo: Universal Pictures