Dubbed once the ‘greatest adventure of all time’ Papillon was originally released in 1973 starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. 45 years later, Charlie Hunnam and Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek take the reigns and attempt the ‘Great Escape’.
Ahead of next month’s release, Signature Entertainment has released the UK Trailer. You do get a solid tease of the whole story alongside the level of violence the film will offer. The film made its world premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, mostly positive though those mixed reviews saying the violence outshines the story. That’s your more modern gritty edge, however, those reviews highlight Hunnam and Malek onscreen chemistry.
Hunnam plays Henri Charrière, a true-life person who was wrongly convicted for murder sent to a notorious prison for life. There he meets a mild-mannered Louis Dega (Malek) who offers to help him to escape in return for protection. In their attempt to escape they suffer abuse and torture not just from the inmates but the sadistic prison guards.
Originally billed as “the greatest escape in history”, PAPILLON is a contemporary gritty remake of the 1973 classic film.
From the producer of The Wolf of Wall Street, this remarkable true story stars Charlie Hunnam and man-of-the-moment Rami Malek.
PAPILLON follows the story of Henri “Papillon” Charriere, a petty criminal who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1930’s France and given a life sentence in the notorious colony on Devil’s Island. Whilst there, Papillon meets convicted murderer Louis Dega who agrees to help his escape in return for protection.
The film co-stars Yorick Van Wageningen,Tommy Flanagan,Roland Møller, Michael Socha, Christopher Fairbank, Brian Vernel, Ian Beattie. and Eve Hewson. The 2018 version is directed by Michael Noer (R, co-directed with Tobias Lindholm, A Hijacking, Mindhunter).
Signature Entertainment will release Papillon in the UK and Irish Cinemas from 21st December.