December 3, 2010


New posters for The King’s Speech and The Mechanic have hit the interwebs.  Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech tells of the unlikely crowning of England’s King George VI (Firth) and his subsequent attempt at overcoming a lifelong speech impediment.  As for the poster, it features a minimalistic approach and is a vast improvement over its somewhat boring predecessor.

Moving on to The Mechanic, the film stars Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, and Ben Foster (The Messenger), and sees Statham making a turn as a vengeful assassin (a stretch, I know).  Unlike The King’s Speech, I feel like The Mechanic‘s latest poster takes a step back from its previous offering by trading in symbolism (a uniquely assembled gun) for an on-the-nose depiction of Statham rappelling while taking aim at some ruffians who, no doubt, had it coming.  To check out the posters for yourself, hit the jump.

The King’s Speech is directed by Tom Hooper (HBO’s John Adams) and is currently enjoying a limited theatrical release in the US.  Poster comes courtesy of Yahoo! Movies:


Here’s the official synopsis for The King’s Speech:

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of Prince Edward VII’s (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).  After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.  Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.

Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Written by: David Seidler

The Mechanic is helmed by Simon West (Con-Air) and hits theaters on January 28, 2011.  Here’s the poster [from Empire]:


The official synopsis for The Mechanic:

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a ‘mechanic’ – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop’s trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can’t turn his back on Harry’s son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

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