In Hunter Killer, American submarine captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) answers a distress call from a US submarine when he stumbles upon a secret mission by the enemy which might just ignite World War III.
What follows is one man assembling the best of the best to try and stop what could be a nuclear conflict.
In the film’s production notes provided by Oneworld Alliance Film, director Donovan Marsh said he wanted to recreate a classic submarine thriller, with all the claustrophobia, as well as physical and psychological pressure that come with the genre.
Actor Butler who has done more than a few action films like Olympus Has Fallen and 300 was immediately attracted to the plot.
The 48-year-old Scotsman said: “When I first read this script a few years ago, I loved it immediately.
“It’s a classic story with a heck of a lot of great action, a heck of an intricate plot and a whole cast of fantastic characters who are heroes from different walks of life. It felt like an exciting way to revive the submarine thriller for these times. And right now, this story couldn’t feel more relevant.”
Add Marsh: “Hunter Killer is about a fictional event – but it could easily occur in today’s world.
“There have been many recent news articles about how Russian and American submarines are chasing each other under water in dangerous ways. Yet, because it’s happening under the ocean, the public never knows what’s going on.
“That’s how our movie begins: with two submarines ghosting each other through the ocean… resulting in an incident that quickly escalates to the brink of war.”
The film also stars Gary Oldman, Common Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens.