By Hillary Busis
Updated August 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM EDT

The Iceman

  • Movie

The Iceman tells the story of a loving husband and devoted father — played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon — who also happens to have a secret life as a brutal hit man. It’s based on the real life of Richard Kuklinski, a steely killing machine responsible for murdering over 100 people (including Jimmy Hoffa, or so he claimed).

Accordingly, The Iceman looks less stylized and a lot more dark than other movies with similar premises. It’s also stuffed with marquee names, including Winona Ryder as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife and an unrecognizable Chris Evans as a fellow contract killer nicknamed Mr. Freezy. (Apparently, he drives an ice cream truck.) Watch the pitch-black trailer — which includes a special, icky treat for any and all James Franco haters:

The film will screen at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, though a wide release date has yet to be set.

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The Iceman

  • Movie
  • R
  • 105 minutes
  • Ariel Vromen