We’ve not yet touched on the upcoming Canadian film, titled Defendor, but the first official trailer was just released and we wanted to play catch up while sharing it with you.
Defendor is written and directed by Peter Stebbings, making his feature film debut. It stars Woody Harrelson as the titular hero along with recognizable supporting actors, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh.
The comedy-drama is about a man, Arthur Poppington, who convinces himself that he’s a superhero out to fight crime. His mission, to stop Captain Industry. With a homemade costume highlighted by a duct tape logo and an arsenal of household products as weapons, Poppington takes to the streets as his alter ego, Defendor, while those around him laugh and worry about his mental health.
The official synopsis is as follows:
When night falls and danger emerges from the shadows of Hammer Town’s alleyways, Defendor is the only man who stands between us and the drug-ravaged streets. He is the last bastion of decency, the last honourable man: he is Defendor! But he is also Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a simple man who lives in the workshop of the construction company that employs him to hold traffic signs. Arthur is a self-made superhero who runs afoul of the law when he lays a beating on an undercover cop, Chuck Dooney (Elias Koteas), who was abusing a young prostitute named Kat (Kat Dennings). Always the hero, Arthur takes Kat to his secret hideout hoping she can help him find his arch-nemesis, the diabolical Captain Industry. Mistakenly convinced that Captain Industry killed his mother, Arthur has made it his mission to track down this enemy at all costs. But in order to do so, he must first overcome his most difficult challenge ever: convincing the court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Park (Sandra Oh) that he’s sane enough to be on the streets.
Watch the trailer and see what you think:
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Woody Harrelson is sure making a comeback this year with a lead role the incredible-looking Zombieland opening in a month, followed by another big role in Roland Emmerich’s next disaster film, 2012. Adding Defendor (and let’s not forget, The Messenger with Ben Foster) to his list of upcoming films and he has 4 features premiering in 3 months.
As for Defendor, The film looks simple and effective with a hefty dose of comedy and heart. It’s also notably polished for a low-budget flick and I will definitely check it out. With financing issues, delays and other hurdles in the way of Peter Stebbings’s quest to have this film made – it is finally here and I hope it’s received well at the Toronto International Film Festival.
For those of you who will be around my home town over the next few weeks for the Toronto International Film Festival, Defendor may be something you’d want to check out – It’s screening on Saturday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 16. For more info head over to Tiff.ca.
What do you think of the trailer?
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