The Tomorrow War
Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War

The first teaser trailer for The Tomorrow War has arrived. Directed by The Lego Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay, The Tomorrow War is an original sci-fi tale starring Chris Pratt as a high school teacher who is recruited by soldiers from the future to fight in an increasingly dire war. As extraterrestrial threats inch closer to destroying humanity, Pratt’s Dan Forester must team up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) to save the planet from complete extinction.

Once upon a time, The Tomorrow War was slated for theatrical release around Christmastime last year. However, the coronavirus pandemic of course delayed most major 2020 movies, including this new action flick The Tomorrow War was rescheduled for release in July of this year, but as theatrical runs are still a risky move, Paramount sold the film to Amazon. Now, The Tomorrow War will roll out on Amazon Prime in over 240 countries and territories on July 2, offering a decidedly different kind of summer movie experience. The first signs of promotion started yesterday, when Amazon released a batch of official images.

Now, The Tomorrow War‘s teaser trailer has arrived courtesy of Amazon. Fans can get their first look at Pratt’s latest sci-fi adventure, which promises to be quite different from his past outings. It’s a short teaser, but it gives a hint at the major battle that is to come. Check out the trailer down below.

Several of the shots from the trailer fit in with the Tomorrow War images that were released yesterday, giving some more context to what’s going on. So far, The Tomorrow War appears to be employing the Jaws method of keeping its monsters – in this case, the aliens – a secret to build up suspense. The visuals of a city on fire and blood-splattered glass give the impression of a formidable enemy, and the lack of a clear glimpse of a single alien promises a terrifying reveal is on the way. Whether the extraterrestrials from The Tomorrow War will hold up against creatures from past movies remains to be seen, but this is a teaser that does a good job of pulling in the audience.

The Tomorrow War was clearly meant to be seen on the biggest screen possible, and it is a shame that it won’t be. Still, at least it is finally being released for audiences instead of being held on the shelf a bit longer. For those who want to watch a traditional blockbuster this summer, but are still wary of venturing out to theaters, The Tomorrow War so far feels like the perfect solution. Hopefully, Amazon will release a longer trailer soon so that we can get an even better idea of what to expect from this thrill ride.