New 'Airplane' Trailer Shows Gerard Butler Finds an Unlikely Ally

The film also stars Mike Colter.

Gerard Butler-starring action-thriller Plane has just released its final trailer ahead of its Jnauary 13 premiere, revealing a partnership forged under the most unlikely of circumstances. The film will follow pilot Brody Torrance (Butler) as he fights to protect the passengers of his plane, which lands on a war-torn island after being struck by lightning.

The trailer opens with Luis Gaspar (Mike Colter) being introduced to Torrance as an accused murderer who is being flown by the FBI. However, Gaspare and Torrance will later work together to free the passengers who have been taken hostage on the war-torn island, which is supposed to be their means of survival after their adventurous landing.

The film also stars Yoson An as Officer Dele, Daniella Pineda as Bonnie, Paul Ben-Victor as Hampton, Joey Slotnick as Sinclair and Remi Adele as Shellback. "Airplane" is directed by French director Jean-François Richet, known for "The Raid on Precinct 13" and "Maeslin: Killer Instinct." JP Davis wrote the screenplay, while Charles Cumming is credited with the film's original ideas. According to reports, Cumming's stadium was originally acquired by MadRiver Pictures in 2016 after Lionsgate acquired the rights in 2019.

Judging by the small snippets revealed in the trailer, the plane is certainly action-packed, and it's no surprise that such a project attracted Butler to the lead role. Butler is known for his action films, most notably his role as Spartan king Leonidas in Zack Synder's blockbuster 300. After 300 he landed action roles in movies like Den of Thieves as Nicholas O'Brien, a law-abiding citizen as Clyde Alexander and Machine Gun Preacher as Sam Kee Des, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen as Mike Banning.

In a previous interview, Butler stated that he always preferred action movies with "normal" heroes rather than superheroes. He noted that action movies make him feel cool and powerful. He said movies have always made him feel brave and it made him want to be the hero he saw on screen.

“I’ve always been into the hero’s journey but without necessarily having to be the most amazing warrior - we’re all on a hero’s journey.”

Plane is scheduled for release on January 13. Watch the final trailer below:

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