Colin Farrell is definitely in the second phase of his career right now. The actor hit Hollywood in the early 2000s, playing roles in big-budget fare like Daredevil, Minority Report, The Recruit and S.W.A.T., before he hit a wall (personally and professionally) in the mid-2000s, with highly-publicized personal scandals coming alongside box office flops like Alexander and Miami Vice.
Things turned around for Farrell in the late 2000s as he got his personal life in order and re-approached acting via indie fare like Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream or the film that really earned him respect from cinephilles: Martin McDonagh's dark comedy, In Bruges.
Fans of In Bruges (and there are many) should be pleased to learn, then, that Farrell is going to be covering similar territory in the upcoming film London Boulevard, which will mark the feature-film directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies, Kingdom of Heaven). We now have the first trailer for the film to share with you.
Here's the official synopsis for London Boulevard:
"London Boulevard" is the story of a man newly released from prison (Farrell) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Keira Knightley) whom he is hired to protect, and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Ray Winstone).
While on paper that synopsis might make this seem more like a Euro version of The Bodyguard rather than a cousin of In Bruges, if you watch the trailer below, I think you'll agree that in terms of style and atmosphere, the two films have much in common:
The romantic sub-plot between Farrell and Knightley's characters seems a bit schmaltzy, but watching Farrell and Winstone share the screen together looks like it will be worth the price of admission. On the directing side of things: Monahan looks like he's absorbed some solid ideas about film construction from the great directors he's been around - Martin Campbell, Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese - while still managing to do what Martin McDonagh and, say, Guy Ritchie have done: make something that is uniquely his own. Since Monahan also handled the script duties (adapting the novel by Ken Bruen), we expect this is going to be a smart and violent gangster flick filled with some snappy banter and a few twists.
London Boulevard hit Video on Demand in the US on October 5th, and will be in limited release in US theaters on November 11, 2011.