The first teaser for Red, Robert Schwentke's (The Time Traveler's Wife, Flightplan, Tattoo) adaptation of Warren Ellis' (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary, Nextwave, Global Frequency, Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and Cully Hamner's (Detective Comics, Blue Beetle, Down) comic book miniseries is now ready for your viewing pleasure.

In Red, Bruce Willis plays a retired CIA agent, Frank Moses, who can't adjust to life as a civilian, similar to the character he played in The Whole Nine Yards and the sequel, The Whole Ten Yards. Another former CIA agent, Victoria (Helen Mirren), offsets domestic duties with contract kills. Yet another agent, Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), has retired to a nursing home. A fourth agent(!), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), is in permanent survivalist mode. Moses confides his personal and professional problems to his handler, Sarah (Mary Louise-Parker). Got all that?

While the teaser isn't particularly clear, something happens to mark Moses and the other ex-agents for termination by the CIA. Presumably Moses knows something he shouldn't know or the CIA or rogue elements in the CIA want to eliminate Moses due to the potential of their not-so-benevolent pasts as CIA-trained and employed assassins to become public knowledge, thus embarrassing the agency. Whatever sets the plot in motion, we can expect a mix of humor from Willis and company, along with the obligatory set pieces.


If that's not enough to pique your interest, then maybe Warren Ellis can: "Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle. I mean, if you don't want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I'm not sure I want to know you."



Earlier in the same post, Ellis discusses the differences between the miniseries and the film (e.g., length, new characters, new story beats, tone). It's well worth a read. Between Eliis' statements, a terrific cast, one we may never see together in the same film again, and the teaser have convinced me to give Red a shot when hits movie theaters in mid-October.

After seeing the teaser, are you, at minimum, interested in checking out Red or will you wait until it hits Blu-Ray/DVD three months later?