Director Michael Bay, the Hollywood director film geeks love to hate, is set to release his next endeavor Pain and Gain this April, according to Cinema Blend. For some people, news of a Michael Bay movie is a very good reason to wrinkle their nose and roll their eyes. However, for those of us who love multiple explosions and glossy action, Bay movies are a cause for celebration.
However, the director’s latest cinematic effort is a departure from the likes of Transformers and Bad Boys. Instead, the film is being described as a dark comedy, something along the lines of a Coen brothers movie. For those who have brown tired of Bay’s shtick, this might be the departure you’ve been waiting patiently for the filmmaker to deliver.
According to Film School Rejects, the film, which is based on an article published in the Miami New Times in 1999, follows the adventures of two bodybuilders who decide to make some quick cash by getting involved in a kidnapping and extortion scheme. In true Hollywood fashion, it doesn’t take very long for things to go completely haywire. Although the flick is sure to have a few Bay trademarks sprinkled throughout, reports suggest that the picture has more in common with Fargo than Armageddon.
Headlining the film are veteran action stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, both of whom have been tapped to play the aforementioned bodybuilders. Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, and Rob Corddry are also counted among the cast. At one point, Albert Brooks and John Turturro were slated to tackle Shalhoub’s role.
According to Coming Soon, Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain is currently scheduled to hit theaters on April 26, 2013. Although the movie won’t face any stiff competition that weekend, chances are the flick will experience a significant box office drop once Iron Man 3 arrives one week later.