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What's going on in this new mysterious teaser from J.J. Abrams?

Aug. 19, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Time to play "Guess the Project"! We don't play this a lot but it's not a surprise that we have to since it involves J.J. Abrams.

This one just hit me like a brick because I can't pin point the actor or the voice. Even when I do get an idea on the narrator, I start second guessing myself. Is it Leonard Nimoy? It kind of sounds like him. The actor at the :49 mark is driving me insane because I see him talking in my head but can't think of the damn movie! I wanted to try to wait til I figured it out, however, I gotta get this to you guys first. If I think of it, then I'll just come back and throw it into the tidbit unless one of you thinks of him first.

The teaser is titled "Stranger" and I'm thinking it's probably for a television project. The content of the narration is rather cryptic. I'd don't think it's for anything comic, STAR TREK, or LOST related though I await getting comments for any of the three.

Check it out below.

Extra Tidbit: Update on Guesses for narrator: Christopher Plummer? Albert Finney? Update on Guesses for actor: William Atherton?! AHHHH! Thank you, PhuckinTom! I feel like Peter after they finally got to "and then there's Maude".
Source: EW

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11:17PM on 08/20/2013

The Book

Either JJ really likes the font and uses it in everything, or the book and the trailer are related somehow. Check out the link below and look at the second image. The font is the same as "Soon he will know"

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Also - Check out the description of the book: In his first-ever idea for a novel, Abrams conceived of and developed a multi-layered literary puzzle of love and adventure. At its core, we have a book of mysterious provenance. In the margins, another tale unfolds: hand-scribbled
Either JJ really likes the font and uses it in everything, or the book and the trailer are related somehow. Check out the link below and look at the second image. The font is the same as "Soon he will know"

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Also - Check out the description of the book: In his first-ever idea for a novel, Abrams conceived of and developed a multi-layered literary puzzle of love and adventure. At its core, we have a book of mysterious provenance. In the margins, another tale unfolds: hand-scribbled notes, questions, and confrontations between two readers. Between the pages, online, and in the real world, you'll find evidence of their interaction, ephemera that brings this tale vividly to life.

Did I mention it comes out in October of this year?
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3:16PM on 08/21/2013
That sounds like a fucking awesome idea for a book! I could see it easily turned into a movie too.
That sounds like a fucking awesome idea for a book! I could see it easily turned into a movie too.
10:08PM on 08/20/2013

Burt Reynolds

I recently worked a job where Burt did some VO for us, this sounds just like him.
I recently worked a job where Burt did some VO for us, this sounds just like him.
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10:09PM on 08/20/2013
Here's a link for reference:
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Here's a link for reference:
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7:31PM on 08/20/2013

Geoff Pierson

Sounds like the character actor best known as the dad on Unhappily Ever After or maybe President. Just a guess though.
Sounds like the character actor best known as the dad on Unhappily Ever After or maybe President. Just a guess though.
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10:46AM on 08/20/2013
Very cool. I know it's not but that guy reminded me of Randall Flagg from Stephen King's The Stand. Then I started thinking Dark Tower. Then I got sad.
Very cool. I know it's not but that guy reminded me of Randall Flagg from Stephen King's The Stand. Then I started thinking Dark Tower. Then I got sad.
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9:35PM on 08/19/2013

Most likely his Book

IGN pointed out that this teaser is most likely for his book coming out in October. They make their points by saying that most of the media have seen the pilot episodes for "Almost Human" and "Believe" and that production has yet to begin on the Ron Sterling script or the adaption of Stephen King's "11/22/63." And so far the book is only known as "S."
IGN pointed out that this teaser is most likely for his book coming out in October. They make their points by saying that most of the media have seen the pilot episodes for "Almost Human" and "Believe" and that production has yet to begin on the Ron Sterling script or the adaption of Stephen King's "11/22/63." And so far the book is only known as "S."
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12:21AM on 08/20/2013
Well, production hadn't begun on Super 8 before they made that teaser. It was filmed separately in April before principal photography started in September 2010. They didn't even have a cast yet. This teaser might have been made prior to production (it's not overly complicated anyways).
Well, production hadn't begun on Super 8 before they made that teaser. It was filmed separately in April before principal photography started in September 2010. They didn't even have a cast yet. This teaser might have been made prior to production (it's not overly complicated anyways).
1:43AM on 08/20/2013
@BrokenDreamer Good point, and with JJ Abrams it could be anything, but this trailer also put emphasis on the word "Soon" which I don't think they would do for a movie coming out in a year or year in a half from now. I didn't know he had a book coming out and I read the comments before posting and it seems like most people didn't, so this teaser served it's purpose if it is for the book.
@BrokenDreamer Good point, and with JJ Abrams it could be anything, but this trailer also put emphasis on the word "Soon" which I don't think they would do for a movie coming out in a year or year in a half from now. I didn't know he had a book coming out and I read the comments before posting and it seems like most people didn't, so this teaser served it's purpose if it is for the book.
4:02AM on 08/20/2013
I am not disagreeing with you, but with how secretive JJ Abrams can be, and since this is a Bad Robot production, we don't know if this project is secretly in the works. It could be a small project between large scale films, and it may not be directed by JJ Abrams. It might be something he's producing, like with Cloverfield (which, if you recall, didn't even have a name yet, only a date on the teaser). "Soon" may not mean this year; it could mean a year from now. However, I won't argue
I am not disagreeing with you, but with how secretive JJ Abrams can be, and since this is a Bad Robot production, we don't know if this project is secretly in the works. It could be a small project between large scale films, and it may not be directed by JJ Abrams. It might be something he's producing, like with Cloverfield (which, if you recall, didn't even have a name yet, only a date on the teaser). "Soon" may not mean this year; it could mean a year from now. However, I won't argue against any theories. That's the fun.
7:18PM on 08/19/2013
Who cares about the voice! I wanna know what this is!
Who cares about the voice! I wanna know what this is!
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7:06PM on 08/19/2013
The music score sounded very LOST esque
The music score sounded very LOST esque
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6:32PM on 08/19/2013

Most definitely

A reboot to kpax
A reboot to kpax
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4:31PM on 08/19/2013

Albert Finney

Thats my guess.. something in the inflection, though he is doing an accent not necessarily the one he naturally has
Thats my guess.. something in the inflection, though he is doing an accent not necessarily the one he naturally has
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3:39PM on 08/19/2013

PhuckinTom beat me to it.

A lock for William Atherton.
A lock for William Atherton.
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4:56PM on 08/20/2013
What do we win??
What do we win??
3:36PM on 08/19/2013
i love the way this kid works. it made me think of Stranger in a Strange Land but the original novel doesnt jive with some of the imagery (tied wrists?). i dont care if its Inspector Gadget, I'm there
i love the way this kid works. it made me think of Stranger in a Strange Land but the original novel doesnt jive with some of the imagery (tied wrists?). i dont care if its Inspector Gadget, I'm there
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3:35PM on 08/19/2013
Soon he will know. If you say the words as they disappear on screen, it has a very Yoda like feel to it. Know he will soon! Just saying.
Soon he will know. If you say the words as they disappear on screen, it has a very Yoda like feel to it. Know he will soon! Just saying.
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3:09PM on 08/19/2013

William Atherton

Looks like a less wrinkly version of that dick reporter from Die Hard. He was also that dick EPA agent from Ghostbusters.

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Looks like a less wrinkly version of that dick reporter from Die Hard. He was also that dick EPA agent from Ghostbusters.

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3:02PM on 08/19/2013

Gordon Pinsent

Good old Canadian Gordon Pinsent is the narrator. I'm pretty sure on this one!
Good old Canadian Gordon Pinsent is the narrator. I'm pretty sure on this one!
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2:58PM on 08/19/2013

BOILERPLATE

it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
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2:55PM on 08/19/2013
Max Von Sydow maybe? I can see where it might be Christopher Plummer.
Max Von Sydow maybe? I can see where it might be Christopher Plummer.
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2:53PM on 08/19/2013

BOILERPLATE

it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
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2:29PM on 08/19/2013

BOILERPLATE

it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
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2:19PM on 08/19/2013

Ok so maybe...

I was doing some browsing and I am thinking it could be Rod Serling's unfinished last screenplay that JJ took on called The Stops Along the Way. This tease does has a very serling feel with a modern touch to it. Or it could be for believe or almost human. I am canning out almost human and sticking with BELIEVE and Serlings one. We'll soon see.
I was doing some browsing and I am thinking it could be Rod Serling's unfinished last screenplay that JJ took on called The Stops Along the Way. This tease does has a very serling feel with a modern touch to it. Or it could be for believe or almost human. I am canning out almost human and sticking with BELIEVE and Serlings one. We'll soon see.
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2:18PM on 08/19/2013
Great teaser. Slightly concerned that he is treating Star Wars as just another movie and that he is not fully committed to trying to make it a masterpiece though (I am assuming that this is not Star Wars related -- which it sure doesn't seem to be). Still, Abrams will always have my attention.
Great teaser. Slightly concerned that he is treating Star Wars as just another movie and that he is not fully committed to trying to make it a masterpiece though (I am assuming that this is not Star Wars related -- which it sure doesn't seem to be). Still, Abrams will always have my attention.
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2:17PM on 08/19/2013

BOILERPLATE

it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
it's for the BOILERPLATE robot movie (created by PAUL GUINAN!)
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1:53PM on 08/19/2013
On different note, someone made a good point about the words at the end and the way they were removed. Abrams always has a reason for everything he does in trailers. There has to be a reason those words were used and the reason they disappeared in the order they did.
On different note, someone made a good point about the words at the end and the way they were removed. Abrams always has a reason for everything he does in trailers. There has to be a reason those words were used and the reason they disappeared in the order they did.
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1:53PM on 08/19/2013
Wow, rolled my eyes when I saw the thread title, but the teaser reeled me in and then some.

I don't think that's Christopher Plummer.

The font they used looks exactly like the cover font used for the 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' books that creeped me out so badly when I was a kid. If you've never heard of them, at least check out the illustrations . . .
Wow, rolled my eyes when I saw the thread title, but the teaser reeled me in and then some.

I don't think that's Christopher Plummer.

The font they used looks exactly like the cover font used for the 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' books that creeped me out so badly when I was a kid. If you've never heard of them, at least check out the illustrations . . .
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1:48PM on 08/19/2013
I love Abrams. All his teases for projects are epic. Also, I don't know who the actor in the hood is, but he looks like Paul Bettany to me. That was the first name that popped into my head. No idea who the narrator is, but I am definitely going to keep an eye on this project. I am very intrigued.
I love Abrams. All his teases for projects are epic. Also, I don't know who the actor in the hood is, but he looks like Paul Bettany to me. That was the first name that popped into my head. No idea who the narrator is, but I am definitely going to keep an eye on this project. I am very intrigued.
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1:47PM on 08/19/2013
Interested as always to find out what it is but I can't really be excited until I do. As for the actor and narrator: at quick glace the actor looks a little like Jason Flemyng. I can't place the narrators voice though it sounds familiar. But it does not sound like Christopher Plummer to me. Though I'd be happy to be wrong. Plummer is great.
Interested as always to find out what it is but I can't really be excited until I do. As for the actor and narrator: at quick glace the actor looks a little like Jason Flemyng. I can't place the narrators voice though it sounds familiar. But it does not sound like Christopher Plummer to me. Though I'd be happy to be wrong. Plummer is great.
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1:47PM on 08/19/2013
I'm going to get SO flamed for this! But, that seriously sounds like Lost-type music....and that guy with the cut rope around his wrists....kind of looks like Sayid.....commence chirps
I'm going to get SO flamed for this! But, that seriously sounds like Lost-type music....and that guy with the cut rope around his wrists....kind of looks like Sayid.....commence chirps
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1:44PM on 08/19/2013

JJ, you get me everytime

Abrams is definitely the master of secrecy which can be a good thing (Cloverfield, Lost) or a bad thing (Star Trek Into Darkness). I'm hoping something good comes of this.
Abrams is definitely the master of secrecy which can be a good thing (Cloverfield, Lost) or a bad thing (Star Trek Into Darkness). I'm hoping something good comes of this.
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1:40PM on 08/19/2013

This is what I enjoy about Abrams

With all talk being Star Wars and Star Trek, Abrams comes up with something in which people just have to ask, "Wait, J.J. has another secret project he's working on?" Abrams is really good at catching people off guard, and I love that he strives to keep things as secretive as possible, just like in the good old days before the internet.
With all talk being Star Wars and Star Trek, Abrams comes up with something in which people just have to ask, "Wait, J.J. has another secret project he's working on?" Abrams is really good at catching people off guard, and I love that he strives to keep things as secretive as possible, just like in the good old days before the internet.
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1:33PM on 08/19/2013
Consider me intrigued!
Consider me intrigued!
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1:30PM on 08/19/2013
Is that confirmed it's Christopher Plummer? I really don't think it is. Almost sounds like Ed Asner, but I know it's not him....
Is that confirmed it's Christopher Plummer? I really don't think it is. Almost sounds like Ed Asner, but I know it's not him....
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1:29PM on 08/19/2013

First thought?

...The Crow.
...The Crow.
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1:47PM on 08/19/2013
Excellent first thought, would love to see JJ take on The Crow but I doubt that is the case. Still after reading your reply and watching it again it sure seems like a great fit.
Excellent first thought, would love to see JJ take on The Crow but I doubt that is the case. Still after reading your reply and watching it again it sure seems like a great fit.
1:12PM on 08/19/2013

wow

obv not star wars but nice teaser none the less, im sure there will be more hype around the first star wars teaser.
obv not star wars but nice teaser none the less, im sure there will be more hype around the first star wars teaser.
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1:08PM on 08/19/2013
Hmm, now here's something to be interested in. The guy with his mouth stitched together seems to indicate it might be a project with more of a horror slant, which might be cool to see from J.J. He has become one of my favourite directors working today, in spite of what detractors have said about Star Trek. I really love Super 8; it was such a well-crafted love letter to the heyday of early Spielberg sci-fi/kids' adventure flicks. Wonder what this will turn out to be.
Hmm, now here's something to be interested in. The guy with his mouth stitched together seems to indicate it might be a project with more of a horror slant, which might be cool to see from J.J. He has become one of my favourite directors working today, in spite of what detractors have said about Star Trek. I really love Super 8; it was such a well-crafted love letter to the heyday of early Spielberg sci-fi/kids' adventure flicks. Wonder what this will turn out to be.
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1:06PM on 08/19/2013
That is definitely how to make a teaser. It got my attention. Not a single clue what it could be, but consider my curiosity piqued.
That is definitely how to make a teaser. It got my attention. Not a single clue what it could be, but consider my curiosity piqued.
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1:05PM on 08/19/2013
Could it be a Star Wars thing? Seems too moody and too early to be about Star Wars. Although, that last sentence "Soon he will know" disappears in the order "Know he will soon" which is Yoda shit.
Could it be a Star Wars thing? Seems too moody and too early to be about Star Wars. Although, that last sentence "Soon he will know" disappears in the order "Know he will soon" which is Yoda shit.
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1:05PM on 08/19/2013

Christopher Plummer

Color me intrigued. It's funny how anyone else tries to do this and we don't care, but get J.J.'s name behind it and it's art/commercial gold! Haha.

The narration is none other than Christopher Plummer.
Color me intrigued. It's funny how anyone else tries to do this and we don't care, but get J.J.'s name behind it and it's art/commercial gold! Haha.

The narration is none other than Christopher Plummer.
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