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For some, 2011 will be remembered as the year that Nicolas Winding Refn made an impact on mainstream audiences. Sure, both Bronson and Valhalla Rising got his name out there, but it was Drive that turned many on to the Danish filmmaker's work. Looking into his backlog, new fans of Refn may become aware of the Pusher trilogy, a series of films that Refn made in his native country about drug dealers in Denmark. For those that are interested in the director's movies but have no interest in reading subtitles (seriously, learn how to read subtitles), there is a British-made remake coming down the pipe later this year, and today we get our first look at it.
The Daily Mail has published two brand spanking new stills from the film that feature stars Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn. Check out the images below and see them full size over on the paper's website.
What's funny is that this isn't the first time that Pusher has been remade. A 2010 version of the film was made in Hindi, but this will be the first time that the movie will feature English dialogue. It's also worth mentioning that Nicolas Winding Refn himself served as an executive producer on the new project, so he was totally aware of everything that is happening with the redo of his first film. Director Luis Prieto must also be an appreciator of Refn's work, as the way the second image is saturated in red is straight out of the Drive filmmaker's handbook.
Also starring Bronson Webb, Mem Ferda, Zlatko Burik and Neil Maskell, Pusher tells the story of a drug dealer (Coyle) who finds himself over his head when a transaction goes wrong and he finds himself indebted to a local gangster. The movie does not yet have a release date.