Pain & Gain Director: Michael Bay
Screenwriter(s): Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie, Bar Paly, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson Paramount Pictures
Rated R | 130 Minutes
Release Date: April 26th, 2013
Unfortunately, Michael Bay‘s latest film, Pain & Gain, doesn’t star Optimus Prime or John Turturro – but don’t let that discourage you from seeing it – let “Directed by Michael Bay” do that.
The film is based on a series of Miami New Times articles surrounding the brutal kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by the “Sun Gym Gang,” a group of simple-minded bodybuilders turned incompetent criminals.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Daniel Lugo, a bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). Sick of living the life of a personal trainer, Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a filthy-rich businessman, and extort money from him using any means necessary.
With the help of ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the Sun Gym Gang successfully gets Kershaw to sign over his riches. But when Kershaw survives an attempted murder by the gang, he hires private investigator Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department dismisses Kershaw’s implausible story.
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie are ready to bring the pain in Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain, the true story of a couple of weightlifting aficionados who turn to a life of crime to make ends meet.
With the film a little over a month a way, Paramount has released a new red band trailer to remind everyone that Bay is capable of directing films that don’t involve massive explosions.
Check out the NSFW red band trailer for Pain & Gain below.
Believe it or not, Michael Bay has a passion project that doesn’t involve massive explosions, sci-fi elements, or big robots. Pain & Gain is based on actual events and will follow two muscle-brained body builders (played by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson) who have come to the realization that a life of crime, kidnapping, and drug dealing isn’t as easy as it sounds. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, and Bar Paly. Now Paramount has scheduled April 26, 2013, to be the release date for the film.
You can also check out the full poster here below.
We previously saw a teaser photo of Johnson cooking what looks like to be a severed limb. But promotion for the film went cold. Now that we’ve got a release date and a teaser poster, we could be seeing more promotions maybe even a teaser trailer.