When I first heard they were making a Tetris movie a few years back, I was baffled by how you could make a movie out of Tetris of all games. Now I see how, the movie is about the complicated rights ownership of Tetris and subsequent legal battle in the late 1980's.
The movie features the following cast:
- Nikita Yefremov as Alexey Pajitnov, the Soviet creator of Tetris
- Toby Jones as Robert Stein, the UK based software salesman who initially obtained the rights to sell Tetris from Pajitnov in 1986, then sold publishing rights to the European publisher Mirrorsoft and the American Publisher Spectrum HoloByte. He traveled to the Soviet Union in 1989 to meet with Russia's ELORG at the same time as Kevin Maxwell and Henk Rogers in order to protect his rights to Tetris
- Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, the owner of Bullet Proof Software, which Spectrum HoloByte sold the Japanese rights to Tetris to. Rogers then traveled to the Soviet Union at the same time as Robert Stein and Kevin Maxwell, in an attempt to obtain the rights to Tetris on behalf of Nintendo.
- Roger Allman as Robert Maxwell, the owner of Mirror Group, which owned Mirrorsoft, which Stein had sold the European rights to Tetris to. Mirrorsoft then sold the Japanese rights to Atari subsidiary Tengen, who subsequently split the Japanese rights between Sega for Arcade and BPS for Console.
- Anthony Boyle as Kevin Maxwell, a manager at Mirrorsoft and son of company owner Robert Maxwell, who traveled to the Soviet Union at the same time as Henk Rogers and Robert Stein, attempting to convince Russia's ELORG to give Tetris' rights to Mirrorsoft and Atari
- Togo Igawa as Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo, which wanted the rights to Tetris for their new Gameboy system
- Ken Yamamura as Minoru Arakawa, president of Nintendo of America
- Ben Miles as Howard Lincoln, Nintendo of America's lawyer who represented Nintendo in the San Francisco legal battle over Tetris' rights against Atari
- Matthew Marsh as Mikhail Gorbachev, head of the Soviet Union, who pressured Russia's ELORG to cancel the contract between ELORG and Nintendo, in favor of a contract with Mirrorsoft and Atari, at the request of Mirror Group head Robert Maxwell