With the movie due in just over half a year, very little is known about Michael Mann‘s upcoming thriller. But today brings with it our first image from the film, that is already one we’re very curious about.
As for the plot, when we spoke with Mann earlier this year, he was careful about revealing too much, but did share the scope of the project. “With great facility the people in the film move between Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Chicago. And the film’s story takes you from those places to inside a processor, inside the electron universe, amongst a population of transistors,” he explained. “You have two billion transistors in your cell phone. Bits with either an absence or surplus of electrons, then become ones or zeroes, every two billionth of a second and affect the macro, our lives. That’s the world this film takes place in.”
Okay, that’s a bit abstract, but the more official logline for the movie starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom spells out the plot as following a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. As for the title, a tweet by Holt McCannally, who is also in the film, suggests it’s now called “Black Hat” which would make a lot of sense.
Let’s hope we get a trailer soon. The untitled Michael Mann film opens on January 16, 2015. Update: While these are clearly shots from the film, Universal says they are not “official” shots from the movie. [Filmosphere]