Gerard Butler has done it all. He’s saved Aaron Eckhart’s President of the United States not once, but twice thanks to Olympus Has Fallen and its bombastic follow-up, London Has Fallen – turns out he won’t be completing the hat-trick, though, as Eckhart has passed up the planned action threequel – battled Persians, and will soon go up against a storm straight out of the Old Testament in this year’s Geostorm.
But with A Family Man, Mark Williams’ (The Accountant) directorial debut revolving around one man’s struggle to reconnect with his nearest and dearest, Gerard Butler is set to trade action for heartfelt drama. Pegged for a release in May, we now have the overly revealing first trailer to peruse, which introduces us to Butler’s career-driven headhunter, Dane Jensen. He’s a man that places work first and family second, but as is often the case, Jensen’s busy schedule results in something slipping through the cracks. In this case, it’s his young son Ryan, who is diagnosed with cancer just as Butler begins to square off against Alison Brie’s Lynn Vogel for control of the company. Cue the melodrama.
Here’s the official synopsis for Williams’s family pic:
Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler) is a hard-driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss (Willem Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie), Dane’s equally driven, but polar opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control of the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son, Ryan (Max Jenkins), is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and spending time with his wife (Gretchen Mol) and Ryan, who need him now more than ever.
A Family Man, also starring Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina, reaches for the heartstrings via DirecTV this May.