James McAvoy in Wanted

Yes, you read that right. We’ve got a lot to talk about this week when it comes to the upcoming Universal actioner Wanted, which stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. And while this movie may not be at the top of my summer list, a list that is about as crowded as they come, I am beginning to get more and more excited as time passes. One particular reason is this first clip, a behind the scenes featurette posted by Empire a few days back. It features Mark Millar, the man responsible for the film’s source material (the “Wanted” graphic novel, for those who are wondering) and director Tim Bekmambetov talking about bringing the film’s highly stylized world to life. Take a look for yourself below:

As you can see from the film, Mark Millar seems to be very pleased with the faithfulness of the adaptation by Bekmambetow and the screenwriting team of Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan. For any graphic novel/comic book adaptation, this is always a good start. As well, for me the film seems to be channeling the best parts of The Matrix without being too goofy and over the top. As you will see in the clip, which can be viewed here, the action is quite fast and really slick.

And finally, what would a big summer movie be without some viral marketing, right? A new website for the Fraternity of Weavers has shown up online in the past week or so, which is the cover organization in the film. This organization is the one that recruits James McAvoy’s character Wesley to become an “unparalleled enforcer of justice.” Now, why can’t I get a title like that?

Oddly enough, I may be able to — as the Fraternity of Weavers seems to now be stalking me. A mysterious package showed up at FSR HQ the other day that included a few sewing kits and some barcode tattoos. Does this mean that I am to be recruited? Does it also mean that Angelina Jolie is going to come scoop me up in a Dodge Viper? If so, where do I sign and is there any way to expedite this process? I am ready to go right now.

For more story details on Wanted, check out the official plot synopsis below. The film hits theaters on June 27th.

Wanted tells the tale of one apathetic nobody’s transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. In 2008, the world will be introduced to a hero for a new generation: Wesley Gibson. 25-year-old Wes was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut. Until he met a woman named Fox. After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox recruits him into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his father’s death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself. With wickedly brilliant tutor – including the fraternity’s enigmatic leader, Sloan – Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one can ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.


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