Jackie Chan fights Pierce Brosnan. Yeah, you read that right. The Foreigner has Jackie Chan vs. an evil 90s James Bond (so basically Sean Bean?), and it looks like a solid revenge thriller. Rather than Chan playing his usual happy-go-lucky self, the 63-year-old action icon plays against type. This looks more like a Liam Neeson role, with a little bit of Rambo in there.
In case you were wondering, Liam Neeson is 65 years old. Pierce Brosnan is 64 years old. (My age is none of your business,)
Give the trailer for The Foreigner a look below:
The last Jackie Chan movie I loved through and through was 2004’s New Police Story, a grim-ish reboot/sequel of the Police Story series. The film acknowledged that Chan wasn’t getting any younger, and that if he wanted to beat his opponents, he had to out-think them on top of kicking them in the face. The Foreigner is under the capable direction of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), and it’s the sort of movie I hoped Chan would attempt from 2004 onward. Not that everything he did had to be gritty, but rather the films Chan picked could reflect the wisdom and effects of age on a martial artist. In essence, I was hoping the underlying philosophy/thesis of late-period Jackie Chan would be “Yeah, you’re younger and faster than me, but I’m wiser and I’m much more creative.”
That said, I hope Chan and Brosnan duke it out GoldenEye style at the end.
Here’s an official synopsis for The Foreigner:
The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of Casino Royale. The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.
The Foreigner comes out October 13. Check out the official poster and some movie stills in the gallery.