Submarine captain Gerard Butler is on a mission to rescue the Russian president, and hopefully prevent WWIII, in the new trailer for Hunter Killer. The action film from Summit Premiere also stars Oscar-winner Gary Oldman, Linda Cardellini, Common and the late Michael Nyqvist.
First news on Hunter Killer arrived in 2011, with Butler and Sam Worthington attached to star and Antoine Fuqua in the director's chair. By 2014, Casino Royale director Martin Campbell had reportedly replaced Fuqua as helmer on the project. It wasn't until 2016 that everything came together and principal photography could begin, with the relatively inexperienced Donovan Marsh (Avenged) ultimately taking on directorial duties.
Two years after it first went before cameras, Hunter Killer is finally ready to hit movie screens. Lionsgate has dropped a new trailer that promises intense submarine action, headed up by the ever-determined Butler, with Oscar-winning support from Oldman. The movie also features the Nyqvist of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fame in one of his final performances. See the trailer above and the poster below.
The movie's official synopsis reads:
Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen, 300) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.
Yes, Butler must once again save the president. The twist? This time it's the Russian president. As always, the stakes are sky-high as Butler undertakes his latest perilous mission (stakes don't get any higher than the possibility of World War 3 breaking out). This time around, instead of battling terrorists, Butler must go up against Russian military officers who've undertaken a coup. Instead of using his fists to pummel the bad guys, Butler must use his wits as he leads his submarine through dangerous waters to deliver a group of Navy SEALs whose job is to extract the kidnapped Russian leader. Even though Butler doesn't get to beat up or shoot any bad guys this time around (unless some of them make the mistake of getting onto his sub), there's still plenty of action as the torpedoes start to fly.
Loosely speaking, Hunter Killer fits into the submarine action genre that also includes classics like The Hunt For Red October and Crimson Tide (and non-classics like the Kathryn Bigelow-directed dud K-19: The Widowmaker). But this is also a Butler movie so audiences can probably expect more pulse-pounding action than slow-building suspense.
Hunter Killer is set for release on October 26.