'Green Hornet' Trailer Showcases Seth Rogen's Action-Hero Debut

Rogen wrote and stars in the 2011 film based on the classic pulp hero.

The trailer for "The Green Hornet" arrived online Monday night, giving audiences their first peek at "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michel Gondry's live-action film based on the classic pulp hero.

Written by and starring funnyman Seth Rogen, the film has had a long and rocky road to the big screen, having changed studios, cast and filmmakers multiple times since the mid-'90s. The current iteration casts Rogen as Britt Reid, the playboy son of a media tycoon who becomes masked crime fighter the Green Hornet after he inherits his father's empire. He's assisted by Kato (played by Jay Chou), a martial-arts expert and gadget genius who had been a close friend of his father.

The pair set their sights on the head of the Los Angeles crime syndicate, Benjamin Chudnofsky (played by Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz), and must keep their identities a secret from both the criminal element and amateur detective Lenore "Casey" Case (Cameron Diaz), who's getting a little too close to the duo — and the truth.

"The film's cast also includes "Battlestar Galactica" actor Edward James Olmos and British actor Tom Wilkinson, as well as music (and a possible performance) by heavy-metal rockers Anvil.

In the just-released trailer, we get our first look at Chou and Rogen in action, and a hint of what Gondry referred to as the "Kato vision" used by Chou's character during fight scenes. We also get a good look at the Black Beauty, Green Hornet's souped-up car, which debuted during last year's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

"The Green Hornet" hits theaters January 14, 2011, in standard, 3-D and IMAX screenings.

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