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.
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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