From writer/director Eran Creevy, the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch is the story of two arch-nemeses, detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) and master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). When Jacob escaped after a robbery, three years ago, Max was left emotionally and physically scarred, but as Max delves deeper into the case and looks for a way to catch Jacob, once and for all, he uncovers a conspiracy that he never could have expected.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Eran Creevy talked about how the film came about, his desire to pay homage to the film of the heroic bloodshed era in Hong Kong, that he finds the process of writing quite hard, how he has quite a few deleted scenes and bits of backstory that he’d like to include on the DVD, how he already has ideas for a possible sequel, and that he’s currently writing a Korean style revenge tragedy, set in New York and called Cry Havoc. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Check out some new clips from the following films:
- Trance – Danny Boyle’s latest crime thriller that stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as an art thief stricken with amnesia who undergoes hypnotherapy in order to remember where he stashed the goods. Trance opens in limited release stateside April 5th.
- To the Wonder – Terrence Malick’s ode to love in all its varied forms, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. To the Wonder opens April 12th.
- Welcome to the Punch – McAvoy also stars in writer/director Eran Creevy’s crime thriller as a detective who’s given one last chance to apprehend a former criminal (Mark Strong) when he returns to London. Welcome to the Punch opens stateside March 27th.
Hit the jump to watch the new clips from each movie.
A new clip and featurette are now available for writer/director Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch, a London-set crime thriller starring James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes). The picture pits the respective dogged detective and master criminal against each other when an incident forces the latter to return to London. The new clip, from the beginning of the film, shows off that inciting event while the featurette gives a little more backstory behind it.
Also starring Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky), Welcome to the Punch opens March 15th in the U.K., March 27th in the States. Hit the jump to watch the new clip and featurette.
We’ve got a variety of new images from the following productions:
- Insidious: Chapter 2 – Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell return for the sequel to their 2010 horror hit and have provided two behind-the-scenes looks. Insidious: Chapter 2, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne opens August 30th.
- Welcome to the Punch – Eran Creevy’s directorial follow-up to his 2008 film Shifty stars James McAvoy as a detective who is granted one last chance at catching a career criminal when the man is forced to return to London. Welcome to the Punch opens stateside on March 15th.
- Riddick – The third installment from director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel features the return of the titular anti-hero. Riddick, also starring Karl Urban, debuts on September 6th.
Hit the jump to see the images and synopses.
The first trailer for the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch has landed online. Directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film stars James McAvoy as a cop whose nemesis, played by Mark Strong, suddenly reappears after having eluded capture years earlier. The trailer plays like a mash-up between Heat and Snatch, with less comedy and 1000% more bullets and explosions. I’m not exactly sure how everything comes together plotwise, but I’m sufficiently intrigued by the talented ensemble and Creevy’s impressive visuals. This is a British thriller through and through, which is something we’ve seen far too little of lately. Fans of The Walking Dead will also be happy to spot one David Morrissey in the cast, who plays The Governor on the AMC series.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Elyes Gabel, and Peter Mullan. Welcome to the Punch opens on March 15, 2013.
In the animated family film Arthur Christmas, hitting theaters on November 23rd, actor James McAvoy voices Arthur, the awkward but enthusiastic youngest son to Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent). When the ultra-high-tech Christmas gift delivery system fails, missing one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur embarks on a rogue mission, with the help of his rather naughty Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf (Ashley Jensen), to deliver the last present before Christmas morning.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, James McAvoy talked about his desire to want to do more films for kids because they’re the best audience around, that he responded to the integrity and humor in the story, the challenge of voicing a character that is always so enthusiastic and nice, and that, if given the choice, he would likely go with the simple and classic ways of doing things versus the high-tech ones. He also talked about how freaky it was to watch even 10 minutes of the Showtime remake of Shameless (he starred in the original), his hopes for the X-Men: First Class sequel, which has not been greenlit yet, the amazing experience he’s had working with director Danny Boyle on Trance, for which he has one day left of shooting, how good the action-thriller Welcome to the Punch turned out, and shooting the fantastic but twisted script for Irvine Welsh’s Filth, starting in January 2012. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
We have a couple of casting bits to bring you this afternoon. First up, Sarah Shahi (USA’s Fairly Legal) has signed on to star alongside Sly Stallone in the Walter Hill adaptation of Matz and Colin Wilson’s graphic novel Bullet to the Head. Variety reports that Shahi will make a turn as Stallone’s daughter in the action pic. As a reminder, Warner Bros. untitled adaptation will feature Sly as a New Orleans hitman who joins forces with a Gotham cop in order to take out those responsible for the deaths of their respective partners. In addition to her work on Fairly Legal, the lovely Shahi can also be seen alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan in the comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It due out later this year on September 16th.
Next, Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go) has been tapped to star alongside James McAvoy and Mark Strong in the crime thriller Welcome to the Punch. Written/directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty), Welcome to the Punch centers on a criminal (Strong) and a detective (McAvoy) who become unlikely allies in the effort to expose a conspiracy. While details regarding Riseborough’s turn are sparse, Variety is confirming that she is indeed the female lead in the pic which is scheduled to begin production on July 18th in London. Along with Welcome to the Punch, Riseborough can also be seen in W.E. (co-written & helmed by Madonna) which opens on December 9th.
James McAvoy has announced that he’s planning to star in Eran Creevy’s crime thriller Welcome to the Punch. According to The Playlist, the movie is in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat “involves a London detective, Max Lewinsky (likely the role for McAvoy), whose old nemesis, an armed robber known as Red Diesel, reappears after five years away—but it’s only the tip of a massive conspiracy.” The Playlist adds that “the script’s mostly very strong, a gripping cop thriller with a scope and a level of action that’s quite uncommon for the British film industry.” For those unfamiliar with Creevy, he previously directed the low-budget drama Shifty, which became a cult hit in the UK, but was never released stateside.
Deadline reports that filming is expected to begin in July, which leaves time for McAvoy to make his rumored reunion with Atonement director Joe Wright in an adaptation of Anna Karenina. McAvoy will next be seen in theaters on June 3rd as the young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class.