Screen Gems and The H Collective just unveiled the first trailer for BrightBurn starring Elizabeth Banks (the Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games film franchises). The nearly three minute first trailer has an unmistakable evil Superman vibe, complete with a house and field that look similar to where Clark Kent landed on Earth. However, it doesn’t take long to figure out this stranger from outer space is no heroic Man of Steel. It’s readily apparent this alien from some unknown planet isn’t here to save humanity.
In addition to Elizabeth Banks, the cast includes David Denman (13 Hours, The Office), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless, Legendary Dudas), Matt Jones (Mom, F is For Family), and Meredith Hagner (Search Party, Royal Pains). Guardians of the Galaxy‘s director James Gunn produced the film, and Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) co-wrote the screenplay and executive produced with Dan Clifton, Simon Hatt, and Nic Crawley. (James Gunn and Elizabeth Banks previously worked together on Slither).
David Yarovesky (The Hive) directed and Michael Dallatorre served as the director of photography. The behind the scenes team also included editor Andrew S. Eisen, production designer Patrick M. Sullivan Jr, special makeup effects designer Justin Raleigh, and visual effects supervisor Dietrich Hasse.
Screen Gems is targeting a May 24, 2019 theatrical release.
“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”