Three Thousand Years of Longing: Where to Watch, Cast, Plot& Other Details

Three Thousand Years of Longing is George Miller’s first film since 2015’s fantastic Mad Max: Fury Road, and Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton join the outing. What do filmmakers have in store for moviegoers after waiting seven years?


What is ‘Three thousand years of longing’?

While some critics got a chance to see the film at the Cannes Film Festival in May, there are many more moviegoers waiting for this latest adventure by Miller, Swinton and Elba.

Three Thousand Years of Longing will be released to US audiences on August 26th (previously August 31st). The film opens to UK audiences on September 2nd. As mentioned, it’s been seven years since Miller made his last film, and gaps like this aren’t unusual for a director. During his career, he has spent five, six, eight years between movies. However, it is often worth the wait.

Three Thousand Years of Longing
George Miller

This is no average Genie story, as evidenced by MGM‘s official synopsis. Dr. Alithea Binnie is an academic and a creature of reason. In Istanbul, she chances upon a djinn who grants her three wishes in exchange for her freedom. At first she suspects he is real. However, Jin takes the case. She eventually gets convinced and makes a wish that surprises them.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently (as of August 23) has a freshness rating of 67%. Whereas, the compilation of reviews on Metacritic gives it a rating of 57 (“Mixed”). 

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Who’ll make up the cast and everything else?

Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba headline Thousand Years of Longing. Swinton plays scholar Alithea Binnie and Elba plays Jinn. Swinton and Elba are two leading actors who have worked together for decades.

Three Thousand Years of Longing
Three Thousand Years of Longing

Swinton is best known for the Oscar-winning role in Michael Clayton. Other than that, she is also famous for movies like We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer, and Suspiria. Elba, meanwhile, broke through on the BBC show ‘Luther’. She starred in blockbusters like ‘Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ and became the next James Bond star.


The two also cast the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Swinton as the Ancient One and Elba as Heimdall. However, they work together for the first time in 3000 years of longing.

The runtime for the show is one hour and forty-eight minutes.

Other cast members of Three Thousand Years of Longing include Kaan Guldur, David Collins, Alyla Browne, Jack Braddy, Nicholas Mouawad, and more.

Who’s the director- George Miller?

Best known for directing Max Mad: Fury Road, but here’s more information about the career of George Miller, which dates back to the ’70s.

Miller’s first feature film was the original Mad Max in 1979 starring Mel Gibson. He directed all the sequels including Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road. He will also direct the Fury Road spin-off Furiosa (to be released in 2024) and another Mad Max movie, Mad Max: The Wasteland.

George Miller
George Miller (Credit: Getty Images)

All that said, a fantasy romance might seem like an odd choice for Miller. Surprisingly, he was actually a director who liked to work on different kinds of projects. His other works include the fantasy comedy The Witches of Eastwick. The biopic Lorenzo’s Oil, the children’s films Babe: The Pig in the City, Happy Feet, and Happy Feet 2.

But on your first look at the film, you might not expect Miller’s traditional brand of “fantasy romance.”

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