Earlier today we got our first look at director Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated new film The Master. The Weinstein Company showed off the first footage from the drama at the Cannes Film Festival today, where they’re also set to debut another incredibly promising property that’s set for release later this year: Killing Them Softly. The film marks director Andrew Dominik’s follow up to his phenomenal 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.
The first clip for Killing Them Softly debuted earlier this month, but a stylish new teaser poster has just gone online. It’s minimalist yet enticing, and I love the juxtaposition of the American flag with the pistol aimed right at the onlooker’s face. Hit the jump to check the poster out in all its glory. Killing Them Softly hits theaters on September 21st.
Poster via Moviefone.
Here’s the synopsis for the source material, George V. Higgins’ novel Cogan’s Trade:
[Cogan's Trade] tracks Jackie Cogan’s career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mob’s rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade — murder. In the gritty, tough-talking pages of Higgins’s 1974 national best-seller, Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence. [Amazon]