Daniel Espinosa directed an adaptation of Jens Lapidus’ novel, Snabba Cash, nearly three years ago. The film opened in theaters around Sweden back in January 2010, but is only now making it to the U.S. (with a new title, Easy Money). Of course, the reason this movie is getting a domestic release at all is because both Espinosa (Safe House) and Easy Money lead Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) are rising names in Hollywood right now.

In fact, the U.S. trailer for Easy Money is almost more about promoting the names involved with the film in some capacity (as opposed to, the actual movie). Those power players include Martin Scorsese – who’s earned a “presented by” credit, for his efforts – and Lapidus, whose international best-selling source material has earned adoration from well-known, respectable types like author James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, Street Kings).

Easy Money is a Swedish Noir/thriller where the central narrative thread concerns Johan ‘JW’ Westlund (Kinnaman): a lower-class Business student who’s drawn into the world of organized crime, as a means to maintain his double-life as a wealthy young man. The film also features parallel-running storylines that involve Jorge (Matias Varela), a crook who hopes to pull off that coveted “one last deal” which will allow him (and his daughter) to lead a normal life – and Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic), the Serbian Mafia enforcer tasked with hunting Jorge down. Eventually, all three men’s lives become entangled, in ways unexpected (and destructive).

Joel Kinnaman in 'Easy Money'

Kinnaman was dubbed Best Actor during the 2011 Guldbagge Awards (which are run by the Swedish Film Institute), while Easy Money also took home prizes for casting and cinematography. The movie does look well-constructed visually, based on the fragments of footage included in the official trailer. Kinnaman has already begun to establish himself as a solid leading man, thanks to his work on The Killing (and brief, but memorable turn in Safe House). Easy Money will also provide yet another example of Kinnaman’s acting abilities – before he headlines next year’s RoboCop reboot/remake.

Snabba Cash II is already due to open in Sweden later this summer. So, chances are good: those in the U.S. who check out Easy Money (and enjoy it) won’t have to wait an extra two years for the followup.

Easy Money begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on July 11th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers