Brick Mansions was the final film Paul Walker completed before his death this past November. For that reason alone, it’s bound to draw attention — it’s an opportunity for the actor’s fans to grieve and to get one last fully-finished look at Walker doing what Walker did best: driving souped-up muscle cars, elbowing dudes in the face, and being around things that may or may not (but almost always do) explode.
Which Brick Mansions is certainly stuffed full of. But seeing as the film is a remake of the 2004 parkour flick District B13, there’s probably a substantial amount of dudes-running-up-walls as well. Walker plays an undercover cop in a dystopian future Detroit (a dead ringer for our dystopian present Detroit) who must infiltrate a tenement building to disarm a dangerous warhead being held inside. Accompanying Walker on his quest are RZA and David Belle, the latter being the star of the original District B13 and the actual founder of Parkour.
From the thirty-odd seconds on display in this first teaser trailer, it looks like Belle will be the one busting out most of the parkour moves. Which makes sense for obvious reasons; he is the guy who first looked at a bare cement wall and though “extreme sports” rather than “this is a wall.”
Walker, on the other hand, is mostly on driving/punching duty, at least from this particular teaser. He does get in one totally sick jump in the teaser’s opening moments, but keep watching and you’ll see that jump end in Walker plummeting several stories down the side of a building. Presumably he grabs a handhold somewhere. Or there’s a conveniently-placed trampoline at the bottom, leading to a totally awesome bounce-fighting sequence.
Watch the teaser for Brick Mansions below. The film opens on April 28th.