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Fists Up! Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Trailer Is Ready To Knock You Out

by Jeff Otto
July 22, 2011 8:08 AM
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And timing is everything. Just as director Steven Soderbergh has taken the stage at Comic-Con 2011, a first for the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Relativity Media has released the trailer for his upcoming action-thriller, "Haywire."

Starring MMA fighter Gina Carano as a double-crossed covert ops specialist who seeks revenge on the company that betrayed her, "Haywire" boasts a top-notch supporting cast that features Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano. Written by Lem Dobbs (”The Limey”), David Holmes (the ‘Oceans’ trilogy, “Out of Sight”) wrote the score.

While the trailer for "Haywire" is perhaps more of your traditional action-thriller trailer -- essentially a sizzle reel of furious fight sequences, car changes, betrayal and revenge plot points plus showing off the athleticism and fight prowess of its lead -- the fight footage shown at Comic-Con this afternoon are anything but (more on that later).

Here's the official synopsis:

This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

"Haywire" lands in theaters January 20, 2012. More from this afternoon's panel shortly.

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16 Comments

  • Sean | July 23, 2011 12:17 PMReply

    Again, another character killed in the trailer of a Soderbergh film.

  • adm g | July 23, 2011 9:42 AMReply

    one woman cast for every seven men? are there really so few actresses looking for work these days?

  • KT | July 23, 2011 9:02 AMReply

    @ KT=douche

    You mad?

  • goldfarb | July 23, 2011 4:32 AMReply

    if Soderbergh hadn't directed this and it didn't star Gina Carano* would anyone be talking about it? this site and others are constanly posting 'updates' about this film...which has always sounded (and now looks) like the usual derivative shit...

    * why do we care about this person? what makes her any different from the seemingly doezens of WWF 'stars' pushing their way into movies where they clearly don't belong? I have nothing against her and if she can act then good for her...but really, why is anyone looking forward to this film?

  • Collin Buchanan | July 23, 2011 4:11 AMReply

    Guys, it's just a trailer...

  • KT=douche | July 23, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    "and I would've said...um...I just hate it."

  • jj | July 22, 2011 12:07 PMReply

    my good is this an atrocious trailer. bad voice over, horrible music, senseless editing. wow.

  • gonad | July 22, 2011 11:06 AMReply

    Remember how Michael Mann killed off Tatum in Public Enemies after about 30 seconds screen time? That was funny.

  • Alex | July 22, 2011 9:57 AMReply

    Did Lem Dobbs forget how to write dialogue somewhere after The Limey?

  • carrie | July 22, 2011 9:45 AMReply

    and Soderbergh must have a big crush on Tatum

  • carrie | July 22, 2011 9:44 AMReply

    a movie who releases in January never is a good movie

  • KT | July 22, 2011 9:25 AMReply

    "You better run."

    This shit looks fucking terrible.

  • Gern | July 22, 2011 8:49 AMReply

    Channing Tatum, regardless of what a few tastemakers have tricked themselves into believing, is easily one of the WORST ACTORS OF ALL-TIME.

    His voice! Jesus Christ. Whenever he tries to inflect, he sounds like a little kid pissing his pants.

  • PapushiSun | July 22, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    I like how she gets to kick all these guys' asses.

  • BuntyHoven | July 22, 2011 8:33 AMReply

    That's the second Soderbergh trailer in a week that reveals the death of a major character. Guess he's not concerned about spoilers.

    Not 100% sold. Take away the starry cast and it would look a bit similar to any number of low-rent Screen Gems-type January efforts. That said, much of that might be to do with the cheesy voiceover and music.

  • samantha | July 22, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    i can't wait for this film.

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