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'RED 2' trailer: Yes, Helen Mirren kicking ass still looks awesome -- VIDEO

A glibly violent lark about retired government secret agents — played by, among others, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren — who find themselves thrust back on the job, the first RED had a great deal of fun staging action sequences with “older” actors at the center of them. Which is to say, they gave Helen Mirren a giant machine gun, and it was kinda amazing.

The sequel has a new director (GalaxyQuest‘s Dean Parisot), the same screenwriters (Jon and Erich Hoeber, based loosely on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis), and, as the new trailer makes clear, the same basic plot: Bruce Willis is retired (this time with his younger, thrill-seeking girlfriend played by Mary-Louise Parker), and finds himself the target of another seeming conspiracy to kill him. This time, it appears to involve Catherine Zeta-Jones (as an old flame) and Anthony Hopkins (as, well, the trailer barely features him, but we know he’s a missing Cold War scientist). And, yet again, Helen Mirren looks awesome kicking ass.

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'RED 2' gets greenlight, Catherine Zeta-Jones joining cast, including Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

The geriatric gang is getting back together — and getting some new (i.e. young) blood. Summit Entertainment announced today that Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker have all signed on for RED 2, a sequel to the studio’s modest 2010 hit. (It grossed $199 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.)

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) have joined the cast, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) will take over directing reins from the first film’s director, Robert Schwentke. (SPOILER ALERT: RED co-star Morgan Freeman isn’t returning due to the vexing fact that his character died in the first film.) Screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber are officially returning for the second installment; they began penning the script last year.

As is often the case with franchise sequels, RED 2 will take place largely in Europe. It’s set for release on Aug. 2, 2013.

Read more:
EW’s review of ‘RED’
‘RED’: Action Mathematics?
‘RED’ writers working on a sequel. I’m okay with that.

Casting Net: Owen Wilson back in action; Armie Hammer and Ben Kingsley head west for 'Cut Bank'

Cut Bank, from a script that made the 2009 Black List, now has a few bold-faced names to count amongst its cast. Armie Hammer, Ben Kingsley, John Malkovich, and Michael Sheen have joined the crime thriller about a former high school football star looking to break out of his small town in Montana. TV director Matt Shakman (House, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will make his feature film debut with Cut Bank. Teresa Palmer (I am Number Four, Take Me Home Tonight) has also been cast. [Deadline]

Ever-expanding horror movie Jessabelle has added two more to its gory numbers. Ana de la Reguera (Eastbound & Down) and Amber Stevens will join the latest from Saw 3D and Saw VI director Kevin Greutert. [Deadline]

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