Starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the leads, we caught the first poster for Broken City yesterday, and now the first trailer for the anticipated political thriller has debuted online.

The film marks Allen Hughes’ first solo feature behind the camera, and he’s assembled a fine cast for his follow-up to his and brother Albert Hughes’ last film, The Book of Eli.

Along with the first trailer, courtesy of Apple, we’ve also got an official synopsis to share:

“In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption–and revenge–after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force–and the mayor’s worst nightmare.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as Crowe’s unfaithful wife, with a strong supporting cast in the form of Kyle Chandler, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, and Natalie Martinez.

Hughes is directing from a script by newcomer Brian Tucker, with the director producing alongside Wahlberg and the latter’s frequent collaborator, Stephen Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire).

Broken City will be released in the US on 18th January, 2013, followed by a UK release a week later on 25th January. It looks like it should be an awesome start to the New Year in cinemas, and I can’t wait to see Wahlberg and Crowe opposite each other here. For now, the first trailer to give you an idea of what we have to look forward to. Enjoy.

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