His supporting role in this past month's Tom Clancy reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reminded us how much we used to enjoy seeing Kevin Costner front and center and calling the shots, and the reception of his pivotal role as Superman's Earth daddy in Man of Steel proved just how much he's been missed.
These high-profile roles have led to two releases featuring Costner in the lead. Draft Day places him inside the world of the NFL, but it's the action-thriller 3 Days to Kill which really piques our interest, and is one of the February releases we're really looking forward to.
Directed by McG (This Means War), produced by Luc Besson (the Taken franchise) and written by Besson with Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love), 3 Days to Kill stars Costner as Ethan Runner, a dying Secret Service agent who spends his - what else - three remaining days attempting to re-connect with his estranged daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld (Romeo and Juliet). A platinum blonde (and likely insane) Amber Heard (Machete Kills) offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange for one last job.
In advance of the prime advertising real estate known as the Super Bowl, we have a trailer set to air during the game, which you can watch above. Compare that look at the film with a new international trailer, which fleshes out the story:
Both trailers offer jarringly different tones, which begs the question of just how successful the film will be in marrying the tongue-in-cheek "humor" of McG's usual work with the father-daughter-and-explosions dynamic of Taken. Plus, it does seem like Kevin Costner is doing his best Liam Neeson impression - but the action scenes look like they're staged well and handled confidently by Costner.
In the months leading up to the release of Jack Ryan, there were reports that Costner would play his character William Harper in Without Remorse, a semi-spin-off sharing the title of a Clancy novel, but the reboot's underwhelming box office performance may have halted development on this idea. The reception and box office performance of 3 Days to Kill will likely be the deciding factor of the fate of this spin-off - does Costner still have enough of a fanbase to make a franchise worthwhile?
Will fans accept him in the aging action-star role which worked so well for Liam Neeson? We'll know for sure in a few weeks.
3 Days to Kill premieres in theaters on February 21st, 2014