Here is the first trailer for the East-beats-West buddy-action teaming of a couple of guys who laugh at pair — and whose pain has made us laugh. Renny Harlin directed the pic, in which Chan is Hong Kong’s Greatest Detective, trying to take down China’s deadliest gang, and Knoxville is Americas’ Most Wanted Fugitive, a gambler who saw something he shouldn’t have. The unlikely partners bicker, battle and ultimately bond, and the smart money ain’t on the bad guys.
Starting with what would have meant a great Jackass stunt, the trailer shows off Chan’s still-nimble fighting skills and Knoxville’s smart-aleck screen persona. Amid the martial arts fight scenes, gunplay, explosions are hints of plot involving a dead woman, scorned crooks and something or other. Rush Hour memories percolate as the good guys make a run for it, with a breaking for some Mongolian drinking games with an Adele soundtrack.
Fan Bingbing, Eric Tsang, Eve Torres and Winston Chow co-star in Skiptrace, which was penned by Jay Longino and Bendavid Grabinski. Saban Films opens the film in theaters September 2 after an exclusive VOD run on DirecTV. Have a peek and the trailer and tell us what you think. Meanwhile, here’s the new poster: