Brad Pitt delivers an assassins-on-a-train thrill ride in the new Bullet Train trailer
Five assassins board the same high-speed train in Japan. What could go wrong?
The first Bullet Train trailer has left the station, boasting Brad Pitt as one of those baddies in what looks to be a wild ride.
The upcoming flick is adapted from an international best-selling thriller. Japanese author Kotaro Isaka wrote the original novel Maria Beetle, which has since been translated into English as Bullet Train. The story follows assassins Kimura, the Prince, Ladybug, and lethal duo Tangerine and Lemon as they hop a train from Tokyo to Morioka. While it may seem like each is there for different reasons, they soon realize their missions have more in common than they thought.
Filmmaker David Leitch — known for directing impressive stunt pieces like John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — brings his action sensibilities to the material with an impressive cast, including Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Sandra Bullock, Hiroyuki Sanada, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, and Benito A Martínez Ocasio (a.k.a. Bad Bunny). (Lady Gaga was once in talks to join the lineup, but she eventually departed the project.)
Backed by a screenplay from Zak Olkewicz, Pitt stars as a trained killer who doesn't want to be "that guy" anymore, which is in stark contrast to the nature of his business. After his handler (Bullock) sends him on a journey to collect a briefcase on a bullet train as a "simple" job for his first day back, he comes to the conclusion he's not the only assassin looking for the target.
It makes the "Stayin' Alive" needle drop all the more poignant.
Koji previously teased the forthcoming on-screen intensity in an interview with EW. "The one thing that I can say, you're going to see Brad Pitt do something, a kind of performance, that I've never seen him do," the actor said. "I just remember going, 'Wow! He's done it. I had no idea he was going to do that with this and take it in that way.'"
Ahead of the Bullet Train trailer release on Wednesday, Sony dropped a fake commercial for the "tranquil, comfortable, fast" Nippon Speed Line. "Travel doesn't have to be hectic," Pitt says in the promo — knowing full well this trip will be nothing but.
Bullet Train will open in theaters this July 15. Watch the trailer above.
Want more movie news? Sign up for Entertainment Weekly's free newsletter to get the latest trailers, celebrity interviews, film reviews, and more.