Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista join forces in the trailer for the upcoming action-comedy, Stuber. Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon), the movie is riding a wave of buzz following its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March. It will also be the first R-rated film released under the Disney banner since the Mouse House finalized its purchase of Fox last month. The last time that happened was with the WikiLeaks memoir The Fifth Estate, which was all the way back in 2013.
Nanjiani stars here as Stu, a mild-mannered Uber driver whose life is turned upside-down when he picks up a hard-edged cop (Bautista) hot on the trailer of a dangerous killer. The film had a presence at CinemaCon last week, ahead of the official marketing getting up and running. Now, with three months to go before it hits theaters, the movie has received its full-length trailer and poster.
The Stuber trailer is now online, along with the film's official one-sheet. You can check them out below, courtesy of Fox.
As one might expect, the Stuber trailer is largely focused on highlighting the odd couple dynamic between Nanjiani and Bautista in the film. The former is clearly the fish out of water in this scenario, as he's forced to hold criminals at gunpoint and engage in high-speed chases while Bautista pursues his violent target. It's a role that plays well to Nanjiani's background in comedy, much like Bautista's role was seemingly tailored to the wrestler-turned actor's tough guy persona. Early reviews for Stuber are mixed to positive, with critics likening the film to a more slapstick-heavy version of a buddy movie like Lethal Weapon. That claim is supported by the trailer, which combines moments of dark humor (like Nanjiani accidentally shooting a criminal) with broader gags (see the bit with the intercom near the end).
The film is hitting theaters at a busy time for both of its leads, what with Nanjiani having just signed on to star in Marvel Studios' The Eternals. He also branched out into more dramatic territory recently with his performance on The Twilight Zone revival episode "The Comedian", and is actively developing the immigrant comedy-drama series Little America for Apple with his wife and Big Sick co-writer, Emily V. Gordon. Bautista isn't exactly slacking either; he just signed on to star in Zack Snyder's zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead, and is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve's Dune adaptation. Both actors are in-demand for a reason, so here's hoping for good things from their union on Stuber this summer.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Stuber (2019) release date: Jul 12, 2019