Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is absolutely unrecognizable in the trailer for Shot Caller. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Snitch), the crime drama centers on a once successful business named Jacob Harlon (Coster-Waldau) who is now transformed to a ruthless gangster after a DUI sends him to prison. Surviving in the system as part of a prison gang, Jacob (who now goes by the name of Money) is eventually released but realizes law enforcement still has him under their grips. With odds stacked against his own survival, Money must pull off one final crime to ensure his family’s safety.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister (aka the Kingslayer) on Game of Thrones, looks to have a plum role with Shot Caller (his previous film credits include The Other Womanand Gods of Egypt), and he’s under the able direction of Waugh, a filmmaker who brings a realistic depth and level of humanity to his crime genre driven work. The film also reunites Waugh with Snitch co-stars Benjamin Bratt and Jon Bernthal. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Premiering June 16 at the LA Film Festival, Shot Caller hits select theaters and On Demand August 18.
Dwayne Johnson’s most dramatically challenging part took place this year with the release of the thriller Snitch, and that film hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 11th. Johnson plays a businessman who becomes an undercover informant to save his son (Rafi Gavron) from spending years in prison on drug possession charges. Benjamin Bratt also stars in the film as a criminal kingpin who butts heads with the concerned father (Johnson). The picture also stars Barry Pepper (True Gritt), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY), and Susan Sarandon.
Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include a 50 minute making of documentary titled “Privileged Information: The Makingof Snitch, as well as audio commentary from director Ric Roman Waugh and editor Jonathan Chibnall.
During an interview with Bratt, the actor talked about why director Ric Roman Waugh avoided rehearsal for a pivotal scene with Dwayne Johnson’s character.
Opening nationwide today, Snitch features Dwayne Johnson as John Matthews, a businessman who will do anything to save his son (Rafi Gavron) from going to jail due to an unwitting drug crime. Matthews agrees to go undercover to help U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) take down a drug cartel, but his actions eventually rattles the cages of a Mexican cartel boss (Benjamin Bratt). Directed by Felon filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh, the film also stars Barry Pepper (True Grit) as Matthews’ DEA handler.
During a recent interview with Bratt, the actor positively described Waugh as “research happy.” “He wants this film to be nothing, if not authentic,” said Bratt. “Obviously we’re operating in a fictionalized world but I think what gives the film gravitas and what elevates it between a typical genre action picture is that it feels real. And (Waugh) creates emotional stakes that allow an audience member not only to be turned on by trucks crashing and bullets flying but by some of the anguish that some of the characters go through.”
To hear Benjamin Bratt elaborate on the film and talk about his character’s complexities, click on the media bar below:
Dwayne Johnson (formerly The Rock) stars in the new film Snitch. This drama is inspired by a documentary about a teenage boy who is wrongfully accused of selling illegal drugs, and is sentenced to prison. In order to save his teenage son, Dwayne Johnson’s character makes a deal with the United States Attorney to go undercover in and infiltrate a drug cartel, acting as a ‘snitch’ to save his family.
While this may sound like one of the same types of action films we are used to seeing Johnson in, he explains that the film is a lot more than an action film.