One of the most interesting movies to be released in 2012 is the action film Haywire, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Granted, when one thinks action flick, Steven Soderbergh’s name doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. But this trailer proves that Soderbergh knows action, combine that with his trademark character work and this film should prove to be a unique and satisfying genre film. Another interesting aspect to the film is that Soderbergh has cast Mixed Martial Arts star Gina Carano in the lead role. The casting is similar to his approach for the film, The Girlfriend Experience, when he cast adult film star Sasha Grey, as a high priced call girl. Early buzz for the film has been generally positive, with comparisons being made with the critically acclaimed and financially successful Bourne Identity franchise.
Steven Soderbergh is coming off the success of his last film the critically acclaimed thriller Contagion. After spending much of his time working on small independent, quirky character films, like Che, The Girlfriend Experience, and The Informant, Soderbergh has returned to more more mainstream audience fare. But never one to be categorized, Soderbergh is already switching gears, his next film, Magic Mike, is garnering controversial buzz for its risque subject matter: nude male exotic dancing.
Haywire stars Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Michael Douglas. The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Lem Dobbs. Haywire is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012.
This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar(R) 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.