A new poster for the upcoming action movie Bullet Train puts Hollywood heavy hitter Brad Pitt front and center. Released via Twitter, Pitt is backed up by a stellar cast that includes the likes of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, and Hiroyuki Sanada.
While the poster is packed to the brim with major talent and vibrant colors, there is still something undeniably … off about the whole thing. Perhaps it’s how each actor looks like a cardboard cut-out that has been placed in the image with no effort made to make it seem like all the actors are in the same place. In any case, something about the promo looks peculiar. But, when you have this many great actors all in one place, the poster quality is unlikely to affect attendance come opening night.
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Based on the popular manga “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka, Bullet Train has the kind of no-nonsense pitch that action movie dreams are made of. The movie follows Brad Pitt as trained killer Ladybug, who wants to give up the violent life and move on. Of course, as is so often the case with these things, he is pulled back in by his handler Maria Beetle for one last job; collecting a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once aboard, Ladybug realizes that he is not the only killer on the train, coming face-to-face and bullet-to-bullet with a variety of other assassins, who slowly discover that their objectives are all connected.
Directed by John Wick’s David Leitch from a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, a stellar cast will be aboard the Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt, including Joey King (The Kissing Booth) as Prince, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (The King’s Man, Tenet) as Tangerine, Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals) as Lemon, and Zazie Beetz (Joker) as Hornet, as well as Andrew Koji (Warrior) as Yuichi Kimura, Masi Oka (Heroes), Michael Shannon (Knives Out) as Jay Wang, Logan Lerman (Hunters), Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Kombat) as Elder, Bad Bunny (F9) as Wolf and Sandra Bullock (The Lost City) as Maria Beetle. Additionally, Karen Fukuhara, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, and Miraj Grbić round out the rest of the supporting cast.
Bullet Train Will See Brad Pitt Play a Slacker Assassin
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A lot of Bullet Train is sure to surprise audiences, with one major surprise being that Brad Pitt will play a slacker assassin rather than the uber-cool killer that fans no doubt expect. “[Ladybug is] someone who’s pondering their place in the world,” director David Leitch revealed recently. “He’s having an existential crisis as all of these horrific things are happening around them. It makes him really relatable.”
Rather than the grim, stern world of John Wick, Bullet Train will lean a lot more into comedy. “You hear the title Bullet Train and you think, ‘Hard-boiled action.’ But really it’s a deliriously fun, heightened, comedic action thriller,” Leitch continued. In case you’re concerned that the laughs will be detrimental to the action, early reactions to Bullet Train have praised these elements.
Bullet Train is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 5, 2022, by Sony Pictures Releasing.