The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name, penned by Warren Ellis and drawn by Cully Hamner, and focuses on retired and ‘extremely dangerous’ (hence the RED status) CIA assassin, Frank Moses. Having given up his life of taking people out, all he wants now is a sense of normalcy, but the new administration won’t have it. Add in the rest of his team - also retirees, like Moses - and you’ve got a sarcastic, action-packed dark comedy that guarantees as many ‘woah!’ moments as laughs.
There aren’t many other details for this sequel yet, but if it’s anything like the previous film, it will be excellent! Packed with dry wit and brilliant fight sequences, it’s a shame it didn’t get more exposure at the time of release. Having not read the graphic novel (yet), I’m not sure what part Hopkins will be playing, but I would expect it’s some form of villain.
Switching directors from Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, The Time Traveller’s Wife) to Dean Parisot (director of cult sci-fi/comedy favourite Galaxy Quest), the film still sports its writing duo, brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber - the pair recently penned the story for Taylor Kitsch’s mech-heavy Battleship.
Returning stars include Bruce Willis (kind of a given for the film to work...), Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and John Malkovich, but it’s unclear if Mary-Louise Parker will be joining them again. Other new cast members will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and G.I. Joe ninja, Storm Shadow aka. Byun-Hun Lee.