Chris Hemsworth stars in Michael Mann’s Blackhat as Nicholas Hathaway, a blackhat hacker serving 15 years in prison whose skills are vital to putting a stop to a high-level cybercrime network threatening to destroy the financial markets. Sure, it’s just a movie, but in a new Blackhat featurette, mathematician and film consultant Christopher McKinlay asks, “Could just anyone out there with a desire to wreak havoc just go do that?” After what’s happened to Sony over the last month, clearly the answer to that question is resounding yes, and this Blackhat promo further proves it.
Hit the jump to check out seven brand new Blackhat images as well as the rather unsettling seven-minute featurette covering the very real threat of cyber hacking and how the filmmakers incorporated the details into Blackhat. The movie also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and is due to make its way into theaters on January 16th.
Images and featurette via Legendary Pictures.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.