Currently in attendance at the Berlin Film Festival, with plans in place for the crime caper to make its world premiere, John Michael McDonagh’s (The Guard, Cavalry) new feature War on Everyone has today debuted its first clip, offering a peek at crooked cops, blackmailing and the director’s knack for dark comedy.
More in line with the fast-talking tenets of The Guard than the more brooding Cavalry, McDonagh’s latest venture behind the lens places Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Peña at the forefront of a crime caper. They’ll play Terry and Bob, respectively, in a buddy cop duo that riffs off the great cinematic duets of the genre – most notably Starsky & Hutch.
Running riot as a pair of crooked New Mexico officers, War on Everyone sees Skarsgard and Peña meet their match in the form of a British crime lord, pulling them into a amoral web of drugs and violence. Divergent alum Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot complete the ensemble cast.
Set for a premiere at Berlin Film Festival, there’s no word yet on a release timeline for War on Everyone, though with such a high-profile cast attached, expect McDonagh’s crime caper to lay claim to a release date in mid-to-late 2016.
Terry & Bob: tougher than Starsky & Hutch, funnier than Laurel & Hardy and better looking than Siegfried & Roy. These hard-to-impress buddy cops blackmail the entirety of New Mexico, plant cocaine on small-time hoods with bubble perms, consume it there and then, drink non-stop, ram their snazzy car into a wall, return to wife and kids (as Bob does, played by Michael Pena), marvel at ‘chicks with dicks’, or fall in love with the right sort of girl (as Terry does, played by Alexander Skarsgård). But a British Lord, especially a real one, will not allow himself to be pushed around in the manner to which these carefree, chaotic cops have become accustomed. Terry and Bob get more entangled in a web of blackmail, abduction and drugs than they could ever have imagined even in their wildest acid-nightmares…