Hey, your bi-annual (or so) dose of Jason Statham is just around the corner! We just saw the actor in “The Expendables 3” a few months ago, and next summer he’ll be back for a double whammy of “Furious 7” and “Spy.” But beforehand, he’s hitting the tables in “Wild Card,” and the U.S. version of the trailer has dropped today.
Based on a book by that name, a remake of a 1986 Burt Reynolds movie no one remembers, directed by Simon West (forever chasing career high “Con Air“), and featuring a pretty eclectic cast including Michael Angarano (killing it on “The Knick“), Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander (Costanza!), Hope Davis and Stanley Tucci (the latter two deserving so much better), the movie is your basic Statham-cracks-skulls action thingy. Here’s the official synopsis:
Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing. From two-time Academy® Award-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President’s Men, 1976).
Yeah, don’t hold your breath for any awards —this opens on January 30th in theaters and on VOD at the same time. Watch the trailer below.