Bleecker Street’s released a new trailer for the gritty thriller Papillon along with a new poster and photos. The film’s based on an incredible true story and stars Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam and Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek.
Papillon is based on the bestselling books from Henri “Papillon” Charrière, with Aaron Guzikoswski (Prisoners) adapting Charrière’s work for the screen. Michael Noer (Northwest) directed the 2018 film which earned an R rating for “violence including bloody images, language, nudity, and some sexual material.”
The film reunites Sons of Anarchy‘s Hunnam with one of that series’ co-stars, Tommy Flanagan. The cast also includes Yorick Van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Roland Moller (Atomic Blonde), and Eve Hewson (The Knick).
Bleecker Street is targeting an August 24, 2018 theatrical release.
Henri “Papillon” Charrière books were previously made into a feature film directed by Franklin J Schaffner and released in 1973. The 1973 adaptation had Steve McQueen in the titular role and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega, the character Rami Malek’s playing in the 2018 adaptation. The original film earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Score category and Steve McQueen picked up a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category.
The Plot: Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books Papillon and Banco, the film follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.