As the guy behind the scripts for Saw and Insidious, Leigh Whannell has come up with his fair share of killer ideas for movies, but for his next project, Upgrade, he’s heading into the realm of sci-fi and it looks like it might just be his most entertaining movie yet. The film stars The Invitation star Logan Marshall-Green as Grey Trace, a man whose wife is murdered in front of his eyes in a mugging that also leaves him paralyzed. Hungry for revenge, Trace is approached by a billionaire investor who offers him an experimental cure to his paralysis with an implant called STEM, but the implant offers a lot more than a pair of working legs and when he starts to explore the newfound possibilities, he becomes a high-tech killing machine.
Upgrade premiered at SXSW, where it earned a round of favorable reviews and good buzz from audiences, and the first trailer makes it easy to see why — this thing looks like a blast. The set-pieces look clever as hell, and Whannell is clearly excited to play in the sci-fi world he built. There’s a cheeky gore gag in here that would be enough to get me in the seat alone. What’s more, while Marshall-Green is most recognizable for his supporting turns in Prometheus and Spider-Man: Homecoming, he proved he can be a powerhouse with The Invitation and it looks like he’s doing some first-rate physical performing in Upgrade. In addition to penning the script, Whannell also directs and I can’t wait to see what he does with this one.
Upgrade also stars Get Out’s Betty Gabriel and arrives in theaters on June 1, 2018. Watch the red band trailer below, followed by the green band trailer if you want the tame version for some weird reason.