Guy Pearce is one of those actors you keep hoping will become a big star. The man’s been in some fantastic films (Memento, LA Confidential, The Proposition) and almost always gives a stellar performance no matter the size of the role or quality of the movie. But for some reason he’s never quite taken off the way he deserves. Not that he’s been hard up for work… he appeared in HBO’s much-lauded miniseries Mildred Pierce earlier this year and per IMDB has twelve upcoming projects in various stages of development including Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated Prometheus.

But before he stars in the alien movie that has absolutely nothing to do with Alien, he’s heading to a far lower profile region of space.

Lock-Out is about a convicted criminal (Pearce) who’s given a singular chance at freedom if he can rescue the President’s daughter from the middle of a space station prison riot. The film is the feature directorial debut of James Mather and Stephen St. Leger who also co-wrote the script with the busiest man in France, Luc Besson, so you know if nothing else there’s going to be some fun, logic-free action. The short description makes it sound like the sequel to Escape From New York we should have gotten instead of the abysmal one we did.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

The teaser doesn’t really give us much of anything in regard to the film’s plot, but I can safely say that Pearce’s performance has already sold me on it. The attitude, the dialogue, the smirk… if the rest of the movie is half as entertaining as this brief interrogation scene then this may just be the Luc Besson-produced film to beat next spring.

Peter Stormare seems to be playing the Peter Stormare role that he’s perfected over the years, and Maggie Grace also co-stars. Hopefully she’s as silent in the film as she is in the teaser. Films that Besson wrote/co-wrote but didn’t direct are incredibly varied in quality and include gems like the Transporter series, the District 13 series, Kiss of the Dragon, Unleashed, Colombiana and more, so who knows where this one will fall.

Lock-Out opens April 20th, 2012.

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