Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale Try to Escape Armenian Genocide in ‘The Promise’ Trailer

“Empires fall, love survives” is the tagline in the official trailer for the historical drama “The Promise,” starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

In the Open Road film, Bale and Isaac fall in love with the same woman amid the Armenian Genocide.

Bale portrays an American Associated Press journalist while Isaac plays an Armenian medical student whose life is on the line during the genocide carried out by the crumbling Ottoman Empire during World War I. Bale has brought his Armenian girlfriend, played by Charlotte Le Bon, from Paris to the war zone. Issac’s character is immediately smitten by her when they meet. But there’s scant time in the trailer for romance as the empire devolves into bloody chaos. That results in the trio joining forces to get their people to safety — and save themselves.

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When asked by an Ottoman general what the AP is doing in the region, Bale responds by saying, “Reporting on the war.” “There is no war here,” the general responds.

The trailer ends on a hopeful note with Isaac telling Le Bon, “We will build a future together.”

Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord. James Cromwell plays an American ambassador and Jean Reno portrays a French admiral. Shohreh Aghdashloo and Daniel Gimenez Cacho also star.

The movie premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Eric Esrailian produced on behalf of Survival Pictures with Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures, Ralph Winter, and William Horberg (“Milk”). Tracinda Corp., the holding company founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian, launched the production company Survival in 2015.

“The Promise” hits theaters on April 21.

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  1. If you need a good reason to see “The Promise”- a film about the Armenian Genocide that occurred more than one hundred years ago, just remember what Adolf Hitler said to his generals shortly before invading Poland- “Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” As Santayana reminded us, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

  2. I am so excited about this movie!!!!! I am extremely proud to be half Armenian. It means so much to me. And to see that there’s is a movie about the Armenian genocide for those people that have never even heard of it to be enlightened is amazing to say the least. The kids in school are not even taught about this. It needs to be brought to light for everyone to see. My grandmother was a slave in a Turkish harem for 15 years. And when I was talking about it to someone at work a girl over heard me and said “your Grandmother was black” not all slave were black. People need to be educated about this. I cannot wait!!!!!!

  3. Haik says:

    Perhaps the Dr Zhivago of the Armenian Genocide;
    As a 1st generation Armenian genocide survivor, I’m thrilled and happy that finally a larger scale film on the subject is about to tell the story of the 1915 Turkish destruction of 2 million Armenians and the eradication of all traces from the 3500 year old Armenian civilization…However, I’m disappointed with the heavy accents coming out of the Armenian protagonists, rendering the Armenians as outsider; also, there should have been some mention in the dialogue of who the Armenians are; perhaps sneak in a scene in Istanbul with the cathedral of Holly Wisdom, and inform the uniformed that it was rebuilt in AD 979 by perhaps one of the greatest architects in history, (Tiridates an Armenian); similar to Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint, at Mount Tabor, in the Exodus…

    • Teni Postallian says:

      Another Armenian here…I actually like the accents. They’re not the best, but I think it would be much more jarring for the Armenians in the movie to have an accent other than Armenian. Also, I don’t think the accents render them as “outsiders” when in the context of the movie, the real outsider is the American reporter played by Christian Bale :)

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