A reader from England who is just a big fan of Damian Lewis as I am, gave me the heads up on a new movie co-starring Lewis called “The Escapist” that’s coming out in UK theaters June 20. It stars Brian Cox (“X2: X-Men United”) as a prison lifer who hatches a plan to break out when he gets bad news from the outside world that his daughter is sick. From the trailer (below), it doesn’t look as if Lewis has all that big of a role in the movie, but hell, I’ll probably end up seeing this thing anyway, at least until NBC puts out new episodes of Life already. Seriously, what’s taking so long, NBC?
Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it’s too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists – misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Subterrain”), the film stars Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh, and Damian Lewis.
Better version of the trailer and interviews at the film’s official site.