Guy Ritchie has already had a very successful year, as his live-action remake of Aladdin raked in over a billion dollars at the global box office. A Disney musical was an unexpected movie for the director, but the first trailer for his next film, The Gentlemen, promises that 2020 will see his return to the big screen with the kind of story he has built his career on. It’s an action-comedy about powerful criminals dealing with underhanded cohorts and ridiculous enemies, and it features an amazing cast. It stars Matthew McConaughey as an American drug kingpin in London who goes to war with a violent challenger played by Henry Golding. And if that wasn’t enough, the film also includes both Hugh Grant and Charlie Hunnam doing amazing accents.
“The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.”
The movie is the latest British crime comedy from Ritchie, who also wrote and directed 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as well as 2000’s Snatch. And while it focused on the other side of the law, his two Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law also combined underworld intrigue and comedy. However, this might be the most impressive cast Ritchie, who also wrote the film, has put together yet.
It also stars Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, and Colin Farrell, a group that would make for a fantastic ensemble by themselves. Combined with McConaughey, Golding, Hunnam, and Grant, this this movie has everything it needs to be a huge success—whether it makes a billion dollars or not.
The Gentlemen comes to theaters next year, January 24, 2020.
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