“You see — my boyfriend, he got shot. There are a lot of people looking for me.” Not words you want to hear from your daughter, estranged or not. But Mel Gibson is a hardened ex-con who’s not just going to sit back and say: “Sorry, honey. It’ll be all right.” No, he not. And no, it won’t. Much gunplay ensues.

Here’s the first trailer for Blood Father, director Jean-François Richet’s action thriller that tests a dad’s love for the little girl he “just met for the first time in years.” Turns out the bad guys worked for his daughter’s (Erin Moriarty) boyfriend, and that she killed him. Driven by a father’s love — and no small amount of guilt (“You were raised by three stepfathers; shoulda been me”) — Gibson’s bearded John Link must use his connections from his past life and the skills he honed in his criminal days to keep them both alive. Diego Luna, Michael Parks and William H. Macy co-star in the film written by Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff, based on Craig’s 2006 novel.

Lionsgate Premiere in theaters August 12. Check out the trailer above, and let us know what you think. Here’s a new at the new poster too:

BloodFather Poster
Lionsgate Premiere