Tetris movie adaptation for Apple TV+ gets first trailer

Taron Egerton stars in 'Tetris', an Apple Original Film exploring the history of the smash hit puzzler.

Apple TV+ has released the first trailer for Tetris, the Apple Original Film telling the wild, uncanny story of the origins and creation of the titular puzzle action game. Starring Taron Egerton as Tetris distributor Henk Rogers, and Nikita Efremov as Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov, the film is described as a ‘Cold War-era thriller on steroids, with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes, and a nail-biting race to the finish.’

For those who only know Tetris as the light but compulsive puzzle game, this description – and the period action depicted in the bombastic trailer – will likely come as a surprise. But as the trailer makes clear, the origins of Tetris are extremely complex. After all, its creation and publishing took place at a time when video games were still an emerging art form, and highly sought-after in the world of business.

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Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.