Dan Stevens has been a busy boy these past few years, evidenced by the debut trailer for one of the many projects on his docket in sci-fi action film Kill Switch. However, the trailer showcases a rather unconventional effort with cinematography so reminiscent of a first-person-shooter video game, you’d think that this was a trailer for a movie adaptation of Half-Life. – For the record, it’s not.
The Kill Switch trailer is a teaser for its video game cinematic style, showcasing flying ships and things falling from the sky amidst a story about an experiment for unlimited energy gone awry. The film is based on a 2009 short film called What’s in the Box? (seen below), which depicts a POV protagonist immersed in a sci-fi-type global cataclysm, who smuggles a mysteriously powerful black box (sporting a glowing red ring that still fills Xbox owners with dread) while fighting armed HAZMAT-suit-sporting thugs.
Indeed, the visually-immersive, physics-defying Kill Switch trailer has Dan Steven similarly on the run, fighting an lavishly luminescent apocalypse scenario, with very little else conveyed in terms of plot. However, we do get some glimpses of the duo of stunning supporting players that join Stevens’s character, with Charity Wakefield (Genius, The Player) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall, The Spoils Before Dying).
For the former Downton Abbey actor and breakout star of The Guest, Dan Stevens, Kill Switch will see him coming off box-office-dominant success starring opposite Emma Watson in this past March’s Beauty and the Beast and achieving small screen acclaim as the star of FX’s mind-bending, pathos-pushing X-Men-connected television series Legion, which nabbed itself a Season 2 renewal. He also appeared in April’s romantic ensemble film Permission and will be seen later this year in the Chadwick Boseman-starring Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall and will play 19th century literary great Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Once those are done, he’ll be seen starring in Apostle, the 2018-planned actioner from The Raid director Gareth Evans.
Kill Switch will be the directorial debut of Dutchman Tim Smit, who comes into the film (formerly titled “Redivider”), having worked as a visual effects artist on film in his native country such as Tiger House and Last Passenger. Smit works off a script by Charlie Kindinger and Omid Nooshin.
Kill Switch is set to, as the trailer voiceover declares, “explore impossible frontiers,” with the film scheduled for release on June 16.