Between shooting the Ghostbusters remake, starring with Will Ferrell in the ridiculous Lifetime spoof (?) A Deadly Adoption and toplining the bizarre Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig has been having a pretty packed summer, and today’s reveal of the first full trailer for Masterminds just cements the Bridesmaids actress as one of this season’s most prolific comedy players.
That isn’t to say that the pic looks particularly promising – the trailer isn’t that funny, and the pic is directed by Jared Hess, who hasn’t made a really good movie since 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite (that’s right, Napoleon Dynamite is over a decade old – who else feels really old right now?). But hey, there’s a pretty solid cast, with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Wiig’s Ghostbusters companions Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ken Marino and Devin Ratray all on board, so maybe there’s hope for Masterminds yet.
Here’s the synopsis:
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
Masterminds opens August 19. Check out some character posters below, and let us know your thoughts on the trailer.
Source: The Playlist