The trailer has shown up for The Road, the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy masterpiece. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and the always great Garrett Dillahunt, has been much-delayed but is now due to hit cinemas in the US at the end of this year and probably the UK a few months later.
The trailer, for those who have read the book, seems to play up a great deal of action which always seemed more implied than explored. The book is much more a study of a post-apocalyptic landscape and the relationship between father and son roaming the empty planet. I’m not sure I completely dig that feel but, with amazing source material, a superb cast (including The Wire’s Michael K Williams) and director (of The Proposition) and assurances from Esquire’s Tom Chiarella of its importance, I’m willing to put my trust in the production for the time-being. Check out the trailer below.
The film being directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) with Elba apparently up for the role of Roque, the second in command in an elite team of black-ops renegades seeking revenge on government which has betrayed them.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Comedian in Watchmen, has already signed up alongside Columbus Short, a talented up-and-comer with the unenviable task of building a career while still having You Got Served on his CV.
As for Elba, he needs to get into some great projects again. For those of us devoted for once and always to The Wire, he will never stop being String. But for those not interested in diving into David Simon and Ed Burns’ world, Elba is currently probably best known for being in Prom Night and The Unborn, both terrible horror films in which he tries hard but cannot possibly save things.
Hopefully, something like this could give him some movie cred again and he can realise his full potential.