When Jason Statham faces off against Clive Owen the result just has to be smashing. And that seems to be the case with 'Killer Elite,' an action thriller directed by Gary McKendry -- at least that's what we can glean from the first trailer released for the film.

Here's the official story line: When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Owen).

The film is adapted from the 1991 fact-based novel 'The Feather Men,' by Ranulph Fiennes, which was about members of the SAS being killed by a hit squad.

'Killer Elite' opens Sept. 23. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Tip o' the hat to Deadline.