Tuesday, 22 June 2010


[11.45 - French Time] The first trailer of The Green Hornet has just been released. The movie is directed by Michel Gondry and stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz.

Created in 1936 by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker for a radio serial, The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, newspaper editor by day and masked vigilante by night. He fights crime alongside his manservant Kato, who drives The Black Beauty (a car filled with gadgetry). A television series was produced in 1966 for ABC by William Dozier, in the wake of the success of his camp version of Batman (1966-1968). The TV Green Hornet starred Van Williams as Britt Reid and a young Bruce Lee as Kato.

In the 2010 movie from Columbia, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the playboy son of newspaper mogul James Reid (Tom Wilkinson). When his father is found dead, circumstances lead Britt to become The Green Hornet and team up with the astonishing Kato. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz plays Chudnofsky, the villain.

With all the cautiousness commanded by what is only a trailer, this first look is interesting and fun to watch. It seems that Rogen's Britt Reid could be Tony Stark's little brother, Jay Chou is an excellent choice for Kato and The Black Beauty is gorgeous and very bondian. Christoph Waltz should be careful to not become the 2000s equivalent of pre-Y&R Eric Braeden (with all my respect to both actors and their respective talents).

The Green Hornet premieres in January 2011.


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