Bleecker Street has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming Papillon. The film is based on the incredible true story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is sentenced to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island after being framed for murder. Papillon is a determined man, and in his best chance for escape, he forms an unlikely bond with a convicted counterfeiter who requests nothing but protection in return.
Charlie Hunnam is no doubt best known for riding around at the head of the table of SAMCRO, but it’s his roles in film that have the people turning. He’s gotten his chances at fun, entertaining blockbusters with Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur, but it’s his choices as of late that show the true range he has as an actor. In my opinion, The Lost city of Z is Hunnam’s best feature yet, out of both film and TV. His performance is what drove the film, and the film was great. As for Papillon, its first trailer teases that he may top that.
From the very little I know about this film, the true story it’s based off of is absolutely remarkable. And with the R-rating it was given, it won’t just allow the film to truly express the the hardships of this prison scene, but allow the actors to hit every note possible. With Hunnam being a very well known name and Rami Malek’s stock rising, that alone is a promise that the film itself will be extremely riveting.
What do you think of this new trailer? How do you like Hunnam and Malek as actors? Have you heard of this story before? Or seen the original movie? Directed by Michael Noer, Papillon will have a limited release on August 24th.