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[First Look] Sean Penn Makes Action Debut as ‘The Gunman’

Written by on July 16, 2013 

After winning Oscars for Milk and Mystic River and working with Terrence Malick, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma and more, it’s hard to believe Sean Penn never found time for a straight-up action flick. However, 2014 will finally change all of that as the actor has teamed up with the director of Taken, Pierre Morel, for a new project titled The Gunman.

Currently shooting in Europe, Penn has a different idea on the genre of the film, telling USA Today, “Here’s the funny thing. Calling it an ‘action film’ is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn’t tell the story of what she is at all. I don’t separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It’s a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare.” With a strong supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, producer Joel Silver is hoping to turn this one into a franchise.

A politically-tinged work, The Gunman — based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and adapted by director Pete Travis (Dredd, Vantage Point) — revolves around Martin Terrier (Penn), a hitman whose plans to get out of the game with his true love (Jasmine Trinca) go awry when his company prove traitorous. Soon, a Europe-spanning journey of bloody deaths begins. Once this gets U.S. acquisition, we can expect a 2014 release and one can see the first still below featuring Penn as a man with a gun.

Are you looking forward to Penn’s action debut?

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