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What Is J.J. Abrams’ ‘Stranger’ Teaser?

The internet is buzzing with theories about this mysterious project

So what’s the deal with J.J. Abrams’ mysterious new trailer?

Earlier today, the filmmaker’s Bad Robot production company posted this brooding, black and white clip titled “Stranger.” The barely minute-long teaser features provocative images of a man untying his rope-bound wrists near a river bed, climaxing with a dramatic zoom-in on a face with its lips sewn shut.

The internet is buzzing with theories about the identity of the project. Over at Entertainment Weekly, resident pop-culture aficionado Jeff Jensen offered five possible explanations. One popular theory is that the clip is a promo for Believe, an upcoming TV project from Abrams and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron; Jensen also (half-jokingly) teases that the trailer could be a promo for the new Abrams-directed Star Wars film, or even a spin-off of the popular mystery-drama Lost (which Abrams co-created).

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Whatever the clip may be, it’s certainly magnetic. The intense visuals are accompanied by a haunting piano score (possibly arranged by Abram collaborator Michael Giacchino); a deep voice provides a brief narration.

“He arrived knowing nothing of himself. Who is he? Soon he will know,” the voice says. “Because what begins at the water shall end there – and what ends there once more begin. This is what happens: Men become lost; men vanish; men are erased and reborn.”

Fans are currently speculating about the clip and its meaning on Twitter.

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