The Convert trailer: Director Lee Tamahori, actor Guy Pearce head to 1830s Aotearoa

New Zealand director Lee Tamahori's latest film has released its first trailer.

The Convert, which is described as "an epic historical drama", stars Memento and Neighbours actor Guy Pearce as a preacher in pre-colonial Aotearoa in the 1830s.

He then finds himself caught in the middle of a generational blood feud between Māori tribes. 

In a statement released alongside the trailer, Pearce revealed working with the Once Were Warriors director was a drawcard for him.

"I thought the script was immediately poignant and realistic and quite profound. And knowing that Lee was going to be making this, I just knew that there was a tenderness and an intelligence to it that perhaps others wouldn't bring."

The film has already had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Tamahori is known for directing the 1994 film Once Were Warriors, 2001′s Along Came a Spider starring Morgan Freeman and the James Bond film Die Another Day in 2002.

The Convert has yet to have a release date but is expected in cinemas in 2024.