Things with Neil LaBute's remake of The Wicker Man have never really gone very smoothly. What with people involved in the original alternately calling his work "a crime" and threatening to sue, LaBute's got to be getting a little nervous about how his effort will be received when people actually get a chance to see it. The remake, which stars Nicolas Cage as "a sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island [who] discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community," has been met with widespread disdain both because the original is so well-loved, and because the remake has, typically, transplanted the events from a Hebridean island to one in the US.

The first images from the film have just shown up on a German fansite, so now at last there's something concrete to complain about. My primary reactions are 1) A leather jacket like the one Cage is wearing in image #2 is never a good idea, and 2) Why is he making those demented faces? Is that supposed to be curiosity? Charm? Pain? Man alive. If this is the best they've got, the movie could be even worse that we feared.


[via Dark Horizons]