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Slowly but surely, the folks behind Red 2 want to reacquaint audiences with the cast of the upcoming sequel – faces both old and new. Earlier, we shared posters for Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Today, one sheets for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Helen Mirren dance across the web, courtesy of Yahoo Movies.
There isn’t anything remarkable behind the design of the posters. They rely heavily on a red color palette, sure, and the international backdrop works well with character images that blend firearms and alcohol (a dangerous combo). Correct me if I’m wrong, though, but is this the first time that a movie poster uses a hashtag as the official title on a one sheet? It’s cool, but probably only works for movies that have short titles.
What do we know about the sequel? Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot directs, reuniting the original spies from the first movie – a surprise hit – in a new mission that pits them against international threats. Like most sequels, it’s expected to take the formula from Red and amplify it times 100. Cheeky humor. Exciting action sequences. New global locations. Duplicating the surprise success of the first movie might be a challenge. The franchise no longer has a surprise factor, and sequels bring expectations. But we still have hopes for Red 2.
Here’s the official plot synopsis. Expect to see more posters drop as we get closer to the film’s July 19 release date.
In Red 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.”