Director Todd Phillips has released the first images from his new film, the imaginatively and hilariously titled Arms and the Dudes (GB Shaw it is not).
After making a name for himself with Road Trip, Old School and most famously The Hangover Trilogy, Phillips is looking to broaden his scope. Having flirted with the story based on a Rolling Stone article for a number of years, Phillips and producing partner Bradley Cooper hired the hugely talented pair of Jonah Hill and Miles Teller to star.
The plot revolves around a duo of stoners who win a lucrative Pentagon contract worth $300 million to supply arms in war-torn Afghanistan, only to have their headquarters raided and their operation charged with fraud.
The Rolling Stone article is a wickedly violent and darkly comic caper, a tone not too different from the underrated third Hangover movie. Like Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich before him, it's now Todd Phillips' turn to step up and work outside the genre with which he is most comfortable.
Phillips has always displayed a certain visual flair, something he encouragingly kept developing with each new movie in his filmography. Working again with cinematographer Larry Sher, these new images are surprisingly artistic and look very promising.
We see Jonah Hill sitting pensively in a car, Miles Teller blowing smoke in an artistically out of focus shot, Hill and Teller deliberating on a beach in Malickian magic hour and once again in a beautifully lit hallway.
Miles Teller is fresh out of Whiplash and by the time this comes out he would have starred in a tent-pole superhero film (Fantastic Four). And it looks like Jonah Hill has put himself through an impressive physical transformation once again, something people don't really give him credit for.
With the beautifully stylized images and the crackling chemistry we can be sure to expect from Hill and Teller, Arms and the Dudes is definitely shaping up to be something we'll be looking forward to (as long as it's more like The Pineapple Express and not Oliver Stone's Savages).
Arms and the Dudes will be Phillips' first movie since The Hangover Part III. It is written by Phillips along with Stephen Chin and Jason Smilovic and is expected to arrive in theatres on March 11 next year.
In the meantime, check out the images below...