The stoner action comedy American Ultra just released its second trailer, and here’s the pitch: it’s Bourne mixed with bud.
Shot in the New Orleans area, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a stoner whose only assignment is holding down the saddest convenience store ever. Until he’s “activated” by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and revealed to be a sleeper with Jason Bourne-style training. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) stars as his girlfriend.
Both Eisenberg and Stewart have a long history shooting in Louisiana. Eisenberg starred in the New Orleans-shot film Now You See Me and Stewart filmed The Yellow Handkerchief and Welcome to the Rileys in New Orleans and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 in Baton Rouge at Celtic Studios. She also shot part of On the Road in Louisiana.
The movie looks like a helluva lot of fun, reminiscent of director David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express, an action/stoner comedy that took its action seriously. That film, which starred Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and a long-haired James Franco, was a surprise hit for Sony. Costing only $27 million, it brought in over $90 million worldwide before making a bundle on DVD after it was released in 2008.
American Ultra is written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, who’s wit is clearly evident in the trailer, and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, who also directed Project X. Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Teri Wyble also appear.
American Ultra is slated to hit theaters on August 21.
The Adventureland adolescent romantic duo is teaming up for the Nola-shot film American Ultra. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart play pot heads who watch TV together and have plans to get married. Eisenberg wears a long wig in the film and fits the mold of the slacker stoner pretty well. He’s about to propose and WHAM! he’s a secret spy mega beast, and the government is trying to eliminate him? Prepare to see Eisenberg and Stewart go full on Jason Bourne in this film.
Hopefully we’ll hear some Velvet Underground and Lou Reed humming in the background in American Ultra. One thing that brings the Adventureland stars together is pot and bummer music.
MTV reports that director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) has blended genres and we should expect to see action, comedy and romance. Nourizadeh is directing from a script penned by Max Landis (Chronicle).
The film opens August 21. Check out American Ultra posters here.
Several new leads including Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Sharon Stone, have been cast alongside stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra. Shooting in New Orleans, American Ultra is a drama about Mike, a former sleeper agent-turned-stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), and how their lives are disrupted after he finds out that the government is planning to wipe him out. Stone will play Victoria Lasseter.
Directed by Project X‘s Nima Nourizadeh and written by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, American Ultra also stars Topher Grace, John Leguizamo and Walton Goggins, with executive producer Ray Angelic. The action-comedy recently started production and will be released in 2015.
Justified star Walton Goggins has officially confirmed his involvement in AmericanUltra, a film about a small town stoner’s disrupted life when his sketchy past comes back to haunt him and the government seeks to eliminate him.Shooting in New Orleans, the drama also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and veteran actors Uma Thurman and Don Yesso, who also appears in the New Orleans-shot comedy 22 Jump Street, which hits theaters this June. Directed by Project X‘s Nima Nourizadeh and produced byAnthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizzo, American Ultra is expected to hit theaters in 2015.