The first trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie, Killing Gunther, has been released. First announced during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as Why We’re Killing Gunther, the film tells the story of a group of disgruntled assassins committed to killing a rival hitman. Written and directed by Taran Killam, the action/comedy film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Killam, Killam’s wife and The Avengers star Cobie Smulders, New Girl‘s Hannah Simone, Bobby Moynihan, Paul Brittain, and Kumail Nanjiani. The movie will be distributed by Saban Films.
The trailer for the upcoming film introduces viewers to several of the assassins who attempt to murder Gunther, played by Schwarzenegger. Gunther, who is described as the world’s greatest hitman, has somehow earned the hatred of multiple young assassins who are willing to talk about their plans to kill him in what appears to be a documentary-within-the-movie.
The Killing Gunther trailer focuses on the eccentric, colorful personalities of the assassins as they plan to off Gunther. We also get to see Gunther’s “pissed off” reaction when he discovers that he’s become a target. It appears that the assassins will actually make several unsuccessful attempts to kill Gunther, who hilariously thwarts their efforts every time, and even makes a reference to The Terminator. The trailer indicates that Killing Gunther will take a more comedic approach to the action hero roles Schwarzenegger was known for in the 1980s and ’90s, such as Predator, Commando, True Lies, and The Terminator franchise.
Schwarzenegger is also no stranger to the comedy genre, having previously appeared in such films as Jingle All the Way, Twins and Kindergarten Cop. Since Schwarzenegger revived his career as an actor, the former governor of California has returned to his roots as an action hero by starring in The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Terminator Genisys, and Sabotage. Schwarzenegger also had a supporting role in Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble film The Expendables 3, following his uncredited cameos in the first two Expendables installments. Killing Gunther would be Schwarzenegger’s first comedy since resuming his acting career.
Killing Gunther will be the directorial debut for veteran Saturday Night Live actor Taran Killam. Other former Saturday Night Live cast members, Paul Brittain and Bobby Moynihan, will star in the film alongside Killam.
Killing Gunther begins streaming on demand on September 22, before starting a limited theatrical release on October 20.
Source: Saban Films
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