The first trailer for the dramatic thriller Eye in the Sky is sure to spark controversy given the subject matter. The film examines the morality of using drones in war, as well as when collateral damage might be acceptable. Directed by Gavin Hood, the cast is led by Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman, and includes Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox. Bleecker Street is aiming for a March 2016 theatrical release.
Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.