In 2010, long before time became a flat circle, director John Hillcoat was attached to Matt Cook’s script for Triple 9. Back then, Shia LaBeouf was circling the project too, but the version of Triple 9 that arrives in theaters next year is LaBeouf free. Instead Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck star for Hillcoat in this tale of crooked cops, Russian mobsters, robberies gone wrong, and seedy bars.
“You ain’t going to making a f—ing difference,” Harrelson’s Detective Jeffrey Allen, seemingly fresh off the set of True Detective, tells Affleck’s idealistic Chris Allen in the first Triple 9 trailer. “Forget about that. Your job: Out-monster the monster, and get home at the end of the night.”
What follows is an action-packed robbery and its consequences, all set in motion when the cops fake their own officer down scenario. The trailer has echoes of Training Day, the opening sequence of The Dark Knight Rises, Heat, Sicario, and the aforementioned True Detective. “On these streets, nothing is black and white,” reads the film’s tagline.
Also starring Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, and Kate Winslet, Triple 9 arrives in theaters on Feb. 19. Check out the film’s first trailer below, via Yahoo!