Dev Patel pulls double duty in front of and behind the camera in Monkey Man. Take a look at the trailer here.
It’s been a good couple of days for those of us who enjoy a bit of ultraviolence in their films. Not only were we treated to a proper crunchy trailer for Doug Liman’s Road House, Dev Patel and Jordan Peele have just dropped the trailer for their collaboration, Monkey Man.
Take a look at the Monkey Man trailer below, although you do have to head over to Youtube because the trailer is very, very violent.
Dev Patel will be directing as well as playing the lead role in Monkey Man, which also has the support of Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions banner. This will be Patel’s first time directing, but judging by the trailer, he’s a natural.
We detect a hint of John Wick in the flavour of the film as well as a bit of Only God Forgives and Warrior. Patel also shows he would be more than capable of playing James Bond. Needless to say, we’re excited.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Netflix was initially going to dump the film on its service, but Peele was so impressed by it that he personally ensured that Universal Pictures, through their deal with Monkeypaw, would give the film a theatrical release. No idea where that leaves Netflix, but we like the sound of that.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, Monkey Man stars Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club where, night after night, wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash.
After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.”
Patel also gets a story credit and he penned the script for the film together with Paul Angunawela and John Collee. Patel will be joined by Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Adithi Kalkunte & Sobhita Dhulipala in front of the camera.
There’s no official release date attached to the trailer (or the press release) for Monkey Man, but The Hollywood Reporter noted that 4th of April was planned initially.