Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for The Protégé. This action movie has a lot to offer on paper. It doesn’t just feature Oscar winner Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) push it out with Maggie Q (Nikita, Fantasy Island) but it even has some Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction) thrown in for good measure. Not to mention that it’s directed by Martin Campbell, who introduced us to Daniel Craigs James Bond before in Casino Royale. As we can see from the trailer, Campbell and the cast have a ton of fights and explosions in this one.
The trailer opens with Samuel L. Jackson’s character Moody offering some advice to Maggie Q’s Anna. We then take a look at Anna’s specific abilities, which are impressive. She knows her way around a gun. These two have collected quite a few bodies over the years and that comes back to biting in a painful way. Anna then begins to seek a avenue of revenge. Bullets fly. Blood has been spilled. It doesn’t look unfamiliar. It feels like an action-packed movie fueled by revenge. But it appears to have been properly executed. And the whole thing is set on a remixed Amy Winehouse track.
Martin Campbell directs from a screenplay written by Richard Wenk. Arthur Sarkissian, Moshe Diamant, Rob Van Norden, Yariv Lerner and Chris Milburn serve as producers. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Scorpion) is also part of the ensemble. As for Campbell, his career was mixed to be sure. While directing two of Bond’s most loved films, Goldeney a Casino generous, he also has the much maligned Green Lantern under his belt. This is his first feature film since 2017 The stranger.
In The Protege, rescued as a child by legendary hit man Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally murdered, Anna vows revenge. As she gets caught up in an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose appeal to her extends far beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation becomes deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave even more closely.
Considering the cast and several other factors, this has the makings of a potential sleeper hit. First, it comes at the end of a summer season that promises to be packed after a virtually non-existent one in 2020. It should at the very least benefit people who want to return to the cinema, especially as the situation in the US continues to improve. This is also the same studio that brought us John Wick, so they know how to turn something like this into gold, assuming the audience is for it. But let’s not lead the way. The Protege will be released in theaters on August 20 from Lionsgate. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.
Subjects: The Protege