Sony has finally released a real trailer for Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet and I think it looks great. While I wasn’t sure what to expect from a film that has Seth Rogen as the lead in an action movie, I’m a lot more on board with the film after watching the trailer as Green Hornet isn’t trying to sell Rogen as some hard core fighter. Instead, Rogen plays a spoiled rich kid who after the mysterious death of his father, decides to get his act together by fighting crime in the city. I can buy that premise.
While Green Hornet has been battling some negative buzz online, I think this trailer is going to shut a lot of people up. Judge the footage for yourself after the jump – and take a look at a few new high res images and the updated synopsis:
Here’s the updated synopsis, the trailer and the new images. Green Hornet gets released January 14, 2011.
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.
Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all. Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson
And for more Green Hornet coverage, here’s a link to last night’s Q&A with Seth Rogen, Director Michel Gondry, Evan Goldberg and Producer Neal Moritz.