Relativity Studios has released the first Masterminds trailer for director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) upcoming action comedy. Based on true events, the story revolves around an unassuming armored truck driver (Zach Galifianakis) who is lured into a heist scheme that points to him as the scapegoat. Now on the lam, he must evade the cops, survive a hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables back on those that double-crossed him. The movie looks appropriately silly, with Galifianakis donning a variation of his “Seth Galifianakis” accent for a character that was once to be played by Jim Carrey. I like all of the actors involved, so hopefully this makes for a nice (and significantly odd) summer comedy.
Check the new Masterminds trailer below as well as the movie’s first poster. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Ken Marino. Masterminds opens in theaters on August 7th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Masterminds:
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.