Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitmans Wifes Bodyguard
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitmans Wifes Bodyguard

Lionsgate has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming action-comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard showing more footage of Antonio Banderas’ still-unnamed mobster villain. Set four years after its 2017 predecessor, the film picks up the story of Michael Bryce as he finds his company-mandated sabbatical interrupted by Sonia Kincaid as she enlists him to help protect her and husband, notorious assassin Darius Kincaid, from a ruthless mobster. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek return to lead the film’s ensemble cast that also includes Frank Grillo, Banderas, Tom Hopper, Richard E. Grant and Morgan Freeman.

Development on the sequel first began in May 2018 following the box office smash of the first film, with production getting underway in Europe in March the following year. Despite wrapping production in time for a 2020 release, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard suffered from numerous release delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has a June release date, nearly a year after its original scheduled premiere.

Lionsgate‘s new trailer for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard features plenty of new explosive action and buddy comedy between leads Jackson, Reynolds and Hayek. But more interestingly, it offers a deeper look at Banderas’ mobster villain and his motives to bring Europe down with a high-tech terrorist attack. The trailer also offers the first look at Morgan Freeman in the film, though no real indication as to what his character will be to the story. Check out the new trailer below:

The first trailer for the film initially saw some mixed reception as fans cried out for the f-bomb-fueled red band trailer, which Reynolds happily provided shortly after its debut. Thankfully for fans looking for more of the profanity and blood-splattering action, Reynolds is back again with the new trailer and it certainly delivers. The red-band version can be viewed below:

Though the first film was not a critical darling by any means, it knew its key saving grace would be the R-rated chemistry between its two leads and the new trailer continues to indicate the sequel is doubling down on their odd couple antics. While fans are still waiting to know more details about Banderas’ villain, the inclusion of a cyberterrorist attack and some explosive set pieces is certainly an interesting change of pace from the war criminal trial at the center of the last film’s story. Plus, with the lead trio seemingly being recruited by a government agency to bring Banderas down, it likely points to Freeman’s role as a higher-up in said agency or possibly even Bryce’s new boss for the company who mandated his sabbatical.

When it comes to the action genre, Reynolds’ radar for what could be an entertaining film at the very least seems to be pretty on point, making his return for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard a solid vote of confidence for viewers concerned of diminishing returns. Plus, with the original directing and writing team back at the helm alongside its lead trio, fans should be in for a fun genre outing at the very least, if not an actual improvement over the 2017 film. For those not ready to wait for Jackson’s return in the sequel, he can be caught this weekend when Spiral: From The Book of Saw hits theaters.

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