Universal has released four posters and the first trailer for director Carl Rinsch’s fantasy-adventure-samurai action film 47 Ronin. The film stars Keanu Reeves and centers around faction of banished samurai warriors who band together to avenge the murder of their master.
It’s tough not to think about the reported struggles behind-the-scenes with 47 Ronin, reports of Rinsch being kicked out of the editing room during post and the budget erupting to over $200 million. Many of the same things we heard about World War Z, but that turned out to be a hit and solid film. Maybe, the same will be the case for Ronin. I feel a lot better about Ronin after seeing a trailer than I did after watching the first World War Z trailer.
The cast includes Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi.
Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. Helmed by director Carl Rinsch (The Gift), 47 Ronin is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief), Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief, upcoming Kill the Messenger) and Eric McLeod (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Austin Powers series).