Even though Taken 3 may have shown that the “old guy fighting a bunch of people” model may be dying out, it seems like Sean Penn will try to revive it with the help of the director of the first Taken film.
The first trailer for The Gunman hit the web on Tuesday and showed that Penn could join the ranks of Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington as aged action stars. Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD who tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. Directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, The Gunman also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem.
This model has worked before, especially with the first Taken, and even this year with other hits like Keanu Reeves’ John Wick and another Neeson output, A Walk Amongst The Tombstones, so maybe Penn and the rest of the cast can show off some more classic action rather than just blowing up everything that is in sight. The Gunman will be released on March 20. Watch the trailer below: