Early next year, the past will really make its way to the future, as a hero popularized through a radio show makes it to the big screen. January 14th, 2011 will see The Green Hornet hitting theaters, and will not only give you an action film decades in the making, but will test the limits of heroic casting efforts by putting Seth Rogen in the crosshairs.
As someone who has actually listened to a number of the radio shows, I find myself rather surprised by the fact that the trailer looks pretty good. A lot of interesting facets may prove to come together nicely for this one, especially the less-than-obvious choice of Michel Gondry as director.
Take a look at this one, and let me know what you think.
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.