Universal Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for Monkey Man, an action-packed revenge drama marking the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel. Scheduled for theatrical release on April 5, the film is a production of Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions.
In Monkey Man, Patel portrays the protagonist, Kid, an enigmatic figure who makes his living in a brutal underground fight club. Concealed beneath a gorilla mask, Kid endures nightly beatings at the hands of more renowned fighters, a visceral embodiment of his struggle and pain. Drawing inspiration from the Hindu deity Hanuman, the film delves deep into themes of rage and retribution.
The trailer presents a gripping narrative: Kid, burdened by childhood trauma and marked by mysteriously scarred hands, embarks on a relentless journey of vengeance against the corrupt elite who shattered his life. This tale of redemption echoes the intense action of John Wick, showcasing Kid's transformation into a formidable force. Viewers are treated to a montage of high-octane scenes — Patel's character deftly navigating gunfights, engaging in close-combat stabbings, and at one electrifying moment, ferociously dispatching an adversary with a knife clenched between his teeth.
Monkey Man is not only directed by Patel but also springs from his original story, developed into a screenplay alongside Paul Angunawela and John Collee. Initially slated for a Netflix release, the film has found a theatrical avenue through Monkeypaw’s deal with Universal.
The cast features a blend of international talent, including Sharlto Copley, Sobhita Dhulipala, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, and others. The movie is produced by a team including Patel and Peele, with a host of executive producers contributing to this Bron Studios production, a Thunder Road film, and a Monkeypaw production in association with various partners.
Monkey Man is set to be a cinematic spectacle, intertwining raw, visceral action with a compelling narrative of vengeance and redemption. Its release is eagerly anticipated by fans of action cinema and admirers of Dev Patel's multifaceted talent. As the trailer indicates, this film promises to be a thrilling addition to the genre, showcasing Patel's prowess both in front of and behind the camera.