Jesse Eisenberg has led a pretty interesting career thus far. The actor – whose performance style is justifiably not everyone’s taste – has deftly bounced back and forth from smaller dramatic work in films like Night Moves and The Double to more high-profile studio work ranging from biopics (The Social Network) to fan-favorite genre-blending flicks (Zombieland) and more conventional hits (Now You See Me).
So it’s only fitting that – just prior to gazing lovingly at a chunk of Kryptonite as Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – he hops into the role of a stoner who just so happens to be a sleeper agent for the U.S. government in American Ultra. The film is from director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and sees Eisenberg share the screen with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart, as their characters are forced to go on the run from government agents seeking to exterminate them.
Lions gate has unveiled a third (final?) trailer for the film (see above), emphasizing the madcap comedy and extreme action the movie promises viewers. Plot-wise, the trailer doesn’t offer much more than the previous footage released (or the original red band trailer). However, it does serve as more of a tease of the over-the-top antics its two heroes must endure in order to survive, as dreamed up by the film’s screenwriter, Max Landis (Chronicle).
You can check out the most recent American Ultra poster, below:
At least based on what we’ve seen so far, American Ultra‘s distinct blend of stoner humor and hardcore Bourne-style action could be a refreshing change of pace for both Eisenberg and Stewart, perhaps allowing them to stretch their acting muscles a bit. Stewart in particular has surprised moviegoers and critics lately, winning a César (the French equivalent of the Oscars) for her supporting performance in Clouds of Sils Maria.
The heightened reality of American Ultra certainly opens up a world of possibilities for its cast, but its most difficult challenge may be in nailing down the right tonal balance. If the film shifts to becoming too goofy, the stakes might lose their weight, but if it plays its story too straight, it might devolve into just another banal action flick. We’ll see soon enough if American Ultra can capture the same audience that made films like Pineapple Express a hit, as it is slated to hit theaters in just a few weeks.
American Ultra opens in U.S. theaters on August 21st, 2015.