By Jeff Otto | The Playlist July 22, 2011 at 8:08AM
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.