Inevitably, with the former film marking his final full role and the latter his incomplete final role, both Brick Mansions and Fast & Furious 7 will be inextricably bound with the actor’s tragic and untimely death last year.
Ever one to take up a challenge, Walker leads the American adaptation of Pierre Morel’s acclaimed French-actioner, District 13. And with the film soon heading into cinemas, the first domestic and international trailers have debuted online, along with the recent first poster.
In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of the physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.
David Belle and RZA complete the leading trio alongside Walker, with Goûchy Boy, Catalina Denis, and Carlo Rota rounding out the ensemble.
Camille Delamarre, editor on Taken 2, Colombiana, and more, makes his feature directorial debut. He directs from a script by Luc Besson, who of course adapts the script he co-wrote with Bibi Naceri on District 13 / Banlieue 13.
Brick Mansions will be released in the US on April 25th. No word yet on a UK release date, but we’re hoping it won’t be long before it arrives in our cinemas. In the meantime, here’s the great first trailer to get you in the mood, along with the first poster, which you can click through to enlarge.