Helen Mirren has done it all. She’s played The Queen of England, an animated monster (in Monsters University), a trained killer (in Red 2), and now she’s fighting for her country against terrorists in Eye in the Sky. The first trailer has hit the web and features the likes of Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, and Barkhad Abdi.
The footage reminds me of a more in-depth look at something that happened in Homeland, when Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison authorized an air drone strike against suspected terrorists, and it caused immense civilian casualties. This sort of dilemma takes root in Eye in the Sky, a story of a mere “capture” mission turning to “kill” after suicide bombers are discovered. Will the powers that be, including Mirren’s Colonel Catherine Powell and Paul’s American pilot Steve Watts, choose to execute a strike and take seemingly innocent lives in the process?
Watch the trailer below:
It’s also great to see the return of Abdi. He starred opposite Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom in the process. However,not too long after stating that Abdi was struggling to get by until he earned his next big acting gig. The actor was employed as a chauffeur in California before breaking out in Captain Phillips and earned $65,000 for his role in the film. He also made his TV debut on Hawaii Five-O earlier this year and has a role in the film Extortion (opposite Donald Glover) coming next year.
Eye in the Sky will hit theaters on March 11, 2016. Here’s the official synopsis:
EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.