Jesse Eisenberg

american ultraThe 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.


FIRST LOOK: New Orleans-Shot ‘American Ultra’

by Jordan McGuire on May 17, 2015


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.

Source: /Film, MTV


TRAILER: Now You See Me

by Kayla Reed on November 29, 2012

The first trailer for Now You See Me promises great entertainment. Four illusionists, played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco, use their act to pull off some major bank heists. FBI agent Mark Ruffalo is not amused, and he tries to figure out the magicians’ secret. Filmed partly in New Orleans, Now You See Me also stars Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, and is set for a June 2013 release.


New video from the set of ‘Now You See Me’

by Elizabeth Glauser on April 16, 2012

Now You See Me pits magic against law enforcement when a team of magicians plans the ultimate heist. Now filming in Metairie with Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher, the film follows the group, called The Four Horsemen, are considered modern day Robin Hoods, stealing from the rich to give to their audience.

This recently released clip introduces the film’s main characters coming from the actor’s who play them. To get a glimpse of the production, check out the video below.

Source: Collider