Jun 22, 2011

Trailer For Statham's The Killer Elite

All week long new distributor Open Road has been aggressively pushing their debut feature release, The Killer Elite. On Monday, USA Today (via Dark Horizons) published the first photo from the film, which stars Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro and is not a remake of the 1975 Sam Peckinpah movie The Killer Elite. The picture in the newspaper reveals DeNiro's bearded look in a scene between him and Statham. The paper also got some good quotes out of Statham.
"This is more rooted in reality [than the Crank or Transporter films], and it's exactly what I've wanted to do for the past 10 years," says the actor, who compares the feel of the film to the Jason Bourne franchise. "This is the kind of movie I would want to see," Statham says.

As for the plot, Statham doesn't want to reveal much: "It involves a Saudi prince whose sons were assassinated in the Oman war and who is looking for revenge." That means he and his team must take down the three killers responsible as well as their protector (Clive Owen) before De Niro can be saved.
While the action in the movie unfolds all over the world (Paris, Wales, London, Dubai, Oman), USA Today also reveals that most of the filming was done in Australia. A day later Coming Soon scored some even cooler exclusive pictures of Statham and DeNiro in action. Check them out here. But best of all, Open Road capped this mini-push by unveiling the trailer. Unsurprisingly given the cast (which also includes Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski), it looks pretty awesome. I was a little taken aback at first by Owen's mustache, but I do love it when Statham flips over him while tied to a chair...

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