Michael Fassbender will (literally) bare it all in this winter's indie drama, Shame. However, he's thereafter going to get his ass handed to him by none other than Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sensation Gina Carano, in Haywire - a new action-thriller from eclectic filmmaker, Steven Soderbergh.
Haywire was designed first and foremost as a showcase for Carano's ability to portray a (deadly) force of nature onscreen - and, judging by the latest trailer for the film, it should easily do just that.
Soderbergh reunited with screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey) for Haywire, which boasts an all-star cast that (besides Carano and Fassbender) includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton, among others.
The first Haywire trailer focused on succinctly summarizing the film's plot, which basically amounts to a standard variation on previous entries in the "deadly government operative on the run" genre (ex. Salt, The Bourne Identity, etc.). However, this second theatrical preview cuts to the chase and focuses on the movie's big selling point: the opportunity to watch Carano's Mallory Kane kick butt and take names like no one else has (onscreen) before.
Watch the second Haywire trailer below to see what we mean:
Carano's physical prowess is on full-display in this Haywire footage, in which she manages to deftly pull off tricky combat maneuvers like nobody's business. It's also quite apparent that she is someone who can execute such deadly moves in real life - without the assistance of trick camera angles or sped-up editing to make her seem faster (and more athletic) than she actually is.
While the non-action portions of Haywire footage glimpsed so far have primarily been composed of perfunctory dialogue and familiar plot mechanics, the combination of a great cast - and Soderbergh's eye for (occasionally) "unorthodox" cinematography - should help prevent the movie from feeling too generic when Carano isn't either running from the authorities or laying the smackdown on an enemy.
On a (somewhat) unrelated note - who's willing to bet that calls for Carano to play Wonder Woman in a movie will only become all the more prevalent, after Soderbergh's new film hits the scene?
Haywire arrives in theaters around the U.S. on January 20th, 2012.