Guns Akimbo, starring Daniel Radcliffe: first trailer lands

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Daniel Radcliffe has guns bolted to his hands and is taking part in a deathmatch: here’s the trailer for Guns Akimbo.

Daniel Radcliffe continues to warrant his terrific quest to be on one of the least predictable actors out there when choosing what movies to lead. This time, he’s selected Guns Akimbo, a blend of comedy, science fiction and action, where he plays the role of a game designer.

Thing is, he’s a game designer who happens to have guns bolted to his hands, and must take part in a death match fight club. He’s joined in this one by Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy and Rhys Darby, and the film has been penned and directed by Jason Lei Howden. We’re really rather keen to see it, too.

Here’s the first trailer…

And here’s the official synopsis.

Nerdy video game developer (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the “fun.” Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent. Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and potentially — chillingly — prescient. Director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm) foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone-captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme, and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.

What we don’t have as of yet is a UK release date. It lands in the US at the end of February and we’ll keep you posted on a British bow for the film.

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