In a break from superhero news (can’t imagine why anyone says there’s an oversaturation problem), Vertical Entertainment has released a trailer for the upcoming action movie Fast Charlie. Based on the novel Gun Monkeys by Victor Gischler, Fast Charlie follows mob enforcer Charlie Swift, who must team up with the ex-wife of one of his victims to take down the rival gangster who killed his team. The film stars Pierce Brosnan, with Morena Baccarin, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Christopher Matthew Cook, Toby Huss, and James Caan in his final role. Directed by Phillip Noyce from a screenplay by Richard Wenk, Fast Charlie premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, but no release date has been set. You can see the trailer below:
This looks like a lot of fun. It’s a pretty standard setup from an action crime film, but I like the main cast, and it being the great James Caan’s last performance automatically makes it a must-see. It’s kind of strange hearing Pierce Brosnan affect a Southern accent, but I’m happy to see him take care of business as a hitman for the mob. The creative team behind the camera is excellent, too; Phillip Noyce directed the 90s Tom Clancy adaptations Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, both of which I love and watch often. (I’ll never stop being angry that they jettisoned the first Jack Ryan series for a bunch of failed reboots that didn’t understand the character.) Noyce also directed Salt and The Quiet American, which are good movies as well. And Richard Wenk has written some terrific action films, like the Equalizer movies, Expendables 2, and 16 Blocks. I hope they figure out the release schedule soon because I’m looking forward to Fast Charlie.