Word got out over this past Labor Day weekend that Eddie Murphy is in talks to host the 84th Oscars ceremony, per the wishes of the show's producer, Brett Ratner. Those two probably won't be up for any nods this year, though, based on the early footage from their upcoming collaboration, Tower Heist.
The domestic Tower Heist trailer was released about a month ago and painted the caper flick as being very much in the vein of Ratner's Rush Hour movies. A newly-released UK trailer only reinforces the comparison.
Tower Heist does feature Murphy in classic form, playing a street-wise motormouth for the first time onscreen since the otherwise highly-forgettable Showtime, back in 2002. He appears to be constricted by the PG-13 Rating (re: not funny) in the footage shown so far, but perhaps Murphy will surprise us.
Check out the official Tower Heist synopsis below:
Queens native Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.
Now watch the UK trailer for Tower Heist:
There's not a whole lot of new material here, though the UK trailer for Tower Heist does cut down on Murphy's non-PC seizure jokes and adds brief snippets of not-yet-seen footage here and there. By and large, though, the movie still looks like Rush Hour 4 - only with Stiller and Murphy playing the (hilariously?) diverse mismatched buddy duo, who are now on a Robin Hood-style operation to take down a Wall Street fat cat.
Ratner's Rush Hour movies are by no means great action-comedies, but they're pretty harmless bits of cinematic fluff that pack enough thrills and decent laughs to make for a passable two hours of entertainment (if only on cable/Netflix). It's a low bar to reach, but Tower Heist should have no problem managing it.
If the pairing of Murphy with Stiller doesn't sound appealing, Tower Heist also boasts a colorful collection of supporting stars like Casey Affleck, Michael Peña, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, and Precious starlet Gabourey Sidibe. Not so surprisingly, though, their characters look to have all the best lines and funniest moments in the film.
On that note - check out the UK poster for Tower Heist below:
Tower Heist is slated to hit U.S. theaters on November 4th, 2011.
Source: Universal Pictures