Matthew McConaughey Plays a Weed Kingpin in Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’ Trailer

Guy Ritchie is course-correcting. After spending the last few years churning out largely anonymous big-budget FILM seemingly to order, he has now returned to his roots. The first trailer for The Gentlemen is here, and it teases the fast-paced, rat-a-tat dialogue-imbued crime-actioner that is Ritchie’s cinematic bread and butter. And we couldn’t be happier. From STX films, The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, and Eddie Marsan, with Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant. The trailer follows Pearson, an American expat living large in London, who clings to his massive weed business as rivals threaten to steal it out from under him. “You’re out of touch, and I would like you to consider an offer,” Golding’s character says. We’re not sure of his name yet, but he’s certainly seems to be a rival. Still, Pearson holds strong, intoning, “I am not for sale.” Between shots of kidnapping, gunfire and a man plummeting from a window to his death, McConaughey’s protagonist sneaks in some pretty quotable one-liners. “In the jungle, the only way a lion survives is not by acting like a king — [but] by being the king,” he says, soundtracked by a percussive remix of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” “There’s only one rule in this jungle,” he adds.” “When the lion’s hungry, he eats.” Look for it in theaters on January 24, 2020.

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