David Leitch practically re-invented modern American action movies when he and Chad Stahelski released John Wick, which starred Keanu Reeves as the plainspoken hitman out for revenge. The former stuntman now looks like he's cranking it up a notch with Atomic Blonde, based on the comic book The Coldest City.
Charlize Theron, who also reinvented herself into an action heroine with Mad Max: Fury Road, plays Lorraine Broughton, a British spy trying to recover classified info in '80s Berlin. As the trailer reveals, she's as brutal as any assassin, and as clever as any spy we've seen over the years.
James McAvoy plays her partner in the troubled city, and Sofia Boutella slinks in as a French operative Lorraine gets to know, ahem, very well. The cast also includes great small-role players like John Goodman, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones.
The film got a warm reception at SXSW last month, and this well-edited trailer seems to have a taken a cue from that fest's other big hit (Baby Driver) in syncing up the action with a perfectly selected song: a mash-up of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and Kanye West's "Black Skinhead."
Atomic Blonde, which is absolutely rated R, opens July 28.