Relativity Media’s Comic-Con panel offered attendees an early look at two of its upcoming action-oriented titles, including Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller, Haywire.

The official trailer for Haywire has emerged online, providing everyone who couldn’t make it to this year’s ‘Con with an early look at Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Gina Carano’s screen debut as a kick-ass government operative.

Haywire joins Contagion as one of two directorial efforts from Soderbergh (who has assured fans his retirement in NOT imminent, as was previously rumored) that will be hitting theaters over the next six months. So, does the filmmaker’s next full-fledged action romp look like a winner?

Check out the official Haywire plot synopsis and trailer below to find out:

Mallory Kane (Carano) is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Give Carano credit – not only can she realistically pull off a variety of martial arts stunts and fighting moves like no one else on film, it’s all the more fun watching her take down powerful-looking fellows like Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender in this trailer. There’s no indication yet that Carano will be the most expressive actress, but given the nature of her character in Soderbergh’s film, it’s not exactly a role that requires her to be anything but convincingly robotic.

Beyond scenes of Carano kickin’ some serious butt, though, there’s not a whole lot on display in this Haywire footage that really leaves a strong impression. This preview essentially makes the movie look like most deadly-government-agent-on-the-run flicks that have been made (see: Salt, The Bourne Identity, the first Mission: Impossible, etc.). Between the generic voiceover narration and the familiar plot points, this Haywire trailer feels like something we’ve seen many times before – much like the preview for Soderbergh’s Contagion (see: Screen Rant‘s own Contagion/Outbreak trailer mashup).

Haywire does have the added benefit of great supporting stars like Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton; plus, the film was scripted by Lem Dobbs, the writer behind Soderbergh’s The Limey and Frank Oz’s The Score, two solid thrillers in their own right. It’s also rare for Soderbergh to deliver a film that’s either really conventional, bland, or straight-up bad, so maybe Haywire will ultimately prove to be more memorable than the trailer suggests.

Haywire is slated for theatrical release on January 20th, 2012.

Source: Relativity Media