Lionsgate Premiere has released the first trailer for upcoming crime thriller Imperium, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette. Inspired by real events, the film sees the former play Nate Foster, a young, optimistic FBI agent who is tasked with infiltrating a group of white supremacists in order to take them down. With Swiss Army Man and now this, it looks like Radcliffe might soon be free of that Harry Potter stereotype soon...
In the tense sneak peek, Foster struggles to maintain his own ideals while also keeping up the pretence that he agrees with the group's beliefs and methods. In the couple of minutes of footage, we see him shaving his head, tattooing his body and coming face-to-face with this volatile and violent group of people who all doubt his motives but allow him into their band; all while he tries to thwart their plans of enacting "a massive terrorist plot" from within.
Judging by the clip, you could almost agree that it's going to be an amalgamation of movies such as Green Room and Zero Dark Thirty, with a bit of that Jason Bourne slickness thrown in. Imperium is based partly on the true accounts of former undercover operative Michael German. His time working as an inside man among white supremacist groups led to him co-writing the movie's screenplay with director Daniel Ragussis, who makes his full-length directorial debut here.
"We're witnessing a surge in far-right groups all across Europe; in some cases they're nearly winning national elections," Ragussis previously told Entertainment Weekly. "We have a stereotype of what it means to be a white supremacist, but when I began collaborating with Michael [German] and doing my own research, I was stunned by the depth and the extent of this movement."
Also starring Bates Motel actor Nestor Carbonell, True Blood's Sam Trammell and Game Of Thrones' Burn Gorman, the film is currently slated to reach US cinemas on 19 August and UK big screens on 23 September 2016.
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