Summit has released the first trailer for Man on a Ledge. Sam Worthington stars as a cop in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He plans an elaborate escape that puts him “freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City.” The trailer makes this look like the film could be a spiritual sequel to The Negotiation (words I never thought I would have to write: “spiritual sequel to The Negotiator“) but still be a fun little thriller. The January release date makes me wary, but I like the cast, and the premise looks enjoyable enough.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Kyra Sedgwick, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Harris. Man on a Ledge opens January 13, 2011.
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Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) was an honest cop. Now he’s in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate, he seizes the first chance to escape. Hours later, he is freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City. As a crowd gathers below, police cordon off the area and agree to Nick’s request to speak with pretty police negotiator Lydia Anderson (Elizabeth Banks). But Lydia doesn’t know that she is part of his grand plan, a plan that could give them both a second chance.
Speaking quietly into a lapel microphone, Nick coordinates the high-tech theft of a $30 million diamond—the same diamond he was convicted of stealing. It’s the only way he can prove his innocence, but he needs Lydia’s help—and he’s running out of time. When his identity is exposed, a SWAT team positions itself on the roof, read to take him out. Lydia isn’t sure he’s telling the truth, but if he really was set up for the diamond heist, it had to be an inside job, which means at least one of the cops on the scene wants Nick dead. With SWAT about to move, cops destroying the evidence that could save him and nowhere to go but down, Nick’s chances of survival are getting slimmer by the minute.
Filled with clever twists, Man on a Ledge is a smart, pulse-pounding thriller about a man determined to clear his name, exact revenge and get the girl…if he can just stay one step ahead of the men who put him behind bars.