Pain-and-Gain-PosterPain and Gain marks Michael Bay’s first film outside of the Transformers franchise since it began back in 2007, and with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson leading the cast, it is an absolute must-see next year.

Hitting the big screen in Spring 2013, we saw a great new poster for the film arrive earlier in the month. And now Yahoo Movies have debuted the first trailer, giving us a brilliant first look.

“From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain & Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.”

Anthony Mackie completes the leading trio, with fine support coming from Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Rebel Wilson, and Tony Shalhoub.

Bay is directing from a script penned by writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger), based on an original article by Pete Collins.

Bay has of course been directing Transformers movies for Paramount for a long time now, and I can’t wait to see his return to live action. He’s recently announced that he’ll be re-teaming with Mark Wahlberg for Transformers 4, and that should definitely be taken as a good sign that they loved working together on Pain and Gain, which means we’ve got a lot to look forward to from the duo both next year and in Summer 2014.

Pain and Gain will be released in the US on 26th April, 2013, and has a UK release date set for a week later on 3rd May. No two ways about it: This is a must-see film of the year for 2013.