The much-anticipated trailer for the action-packed thriller “Monkey Man” has been unveiled, marking Dev Patel’s directorial debut in a feature film.
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Spanning over three minutes, the trailer follows Dev Patel’s character on a relentless quest for vengeance against corrupt leaders who not only took the life of his mother, portrayed by Adithi Kalkunte, but also perpetuate systemic oppression against the poor and powerless.
Set against the backdrop of India, the film draws inspiration from the legend of Hanuman, adding a mythic dimension to the narrative.
Underground Fight Club
The trailer unveils Dev Patel’s character earning a living in an underground fight club, where he endures beatings from renowned fighters for financial gain. Intriguingly, he wears a gorilla mask during these intense confrontations.
Flashbacks and Revenge
Providing glimpses into Dev’s character’s past, the trailer explores his childhood spent with his mother and the heartbreaking loss that fuels his determination for revenge. As he matures, he devises plans to settle scores with those who have taken everything from him.
Instagram Announcement by Sobhita Dhulipala
On Friday night, Sobhita Dhulipala took to Instagram to announce her debut Hollywood film, expressing joy about sharing the trailer for #MonkeyMan. The film is set to release globally in theaters on April 5.
Renowned figures like Anurag Kashyap and Adarsh Gourav reacted enthusiastically to Sobhita’s announcement, with comments like “Looking super” and “So sooo excited for this! Looks absolutely mental!!”
Release Details and Collaborations
“Monkey Man” is slated for a global theatrical release on April 5, with Dev Patel at the helm of both original story and screenplay, co-written with Paul Angunawela and John Collee.
The film is produced by an impressive lineup including Dev Patel, Jomon Thomas, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Ian Cooper, Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Christine Haebler, and Anjay Nagpal. Executive producers include Jonathan Fuhrman, Natalya Pavchinskya, Aaron L. Gilbert, Andria Spring, Alison-Jane Roney, and Steven Thibault.
“Monkey Man” is a collaborative effort involving Bron Studios, Thunder Road Films, Monkeypaw Productions, Minor Realm/S’Ya Concept Productions, WME Independent, and Creative Wealth Media. Originally set up at Netflix in 2021, the movie caught the attention of Jordan Peele, who believed it deserved a theatrical release, leading to its current distribution deal with Universal.