When you think of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, one wouldn’t normally think “action star” but they may think differently someday as the first photo from Taken director Pierre Morel’s The Gunman has arrived. The first photo from the action thriller (pictured above) features a grimy Sean Penn on pursuit with a gun. It may not reveal much about the film (it doesn’t at all) but it looks like Penn is stepping out of his comfort zone, or is he?
“Here’s the funny thing, calling it an ‘action film’ is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn’t tell the story of what she is at all,” Penn said. “I don’t separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It’s a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare.”
So this’ll be an actioner that’ll have a human story? I like the prospects of that. Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman, Sean Penn stars as an international operative by the name of Jim Terrier. After he is betrayed by the organization he works for, Terrier goes on the run in a game of cat and mouse across Europe.
The action thriller features a strong cast that includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, and Jasmine Trinca. The Gunman is set for release in 2014.