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Bullet Train - What We Know So Far

There are multiple cool action movies in development at virtually any given moment, and some of them are invariably more interesting than others. Right now, one of the hottest upcoming properties out there is Sony Pictures' "Bullet Train," directed by genre veteran David Leitch, and starring none other than Brad Pitt himself. The movie tells the story of five assassins, who board the titular high-speed train for various reasons, and presumably won't be too happy to bump into each other. 

As the anime smash hit "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" and the South Korean zombie movie "Train to Busan" have proved, clever action in a train setting has a way of captivating the audience. With the level of talent involved, it's easy to see "Bullet Train" joining the club of legendary rail-based action movies. So, where can you see this exciting film, and what can you expect from it? Let's take a look at what we know about the release date, cast, and plot of "Bullet Train."

When is the release date for Bullet Train?

"Bullet Train" is coming with the speed of its namesake transport vehicle. Per the Hollywood Reporter, director David Leitch finished shooting the movie in March 2021, so, as of June 2021, it's currently in post-production. Considering the movie is likely filled with elaborate action sequences and obviously carries a lot of sheer star power, the post-production process for this particular movie probably involves a fair bit of tinkering. 

As such, studio Sony Pictures has allowed ample time between the end of post-production on "Bullet Train" and the date it's set to launch in theaters. On June 14, 2021, Sony confirmed that "Bullet Train" will arrive on the silver screen on April 8, 2022 (via the Hollywood Reporter). A spring release date doesn't come as too much of a surprise, as "Bullet Train" doesn't seem like a traditional tentpole that would land a summer launch — even if it does star several Hollywood A-listers.

Who is in the cast of Bullet Train?

As casts go, "Bullet Train" can boast one for the ages. The three named characters so far are Brad Pitt's Ladybug, Joey King's Prince, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Tangerine. At least two of them are quite likely assassins, seeing as Pitt is pretty obviously the biggest name in the assassin-themed movie, and Taylor-Johnson actually scored his upcoming lead role in Sony's "Kraven the Hunter" based on his performance in this movie (per The Hollywood Reporter). This is an interesting fact that may speak volumes of Taylor-Johnson's intensity in "Bullet Train" — as well as a nice addition to the actor's comic book character résumé, which already includes the titular character in "Kick-Ass," and Quicksilver in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." 

Don't think for a second that the movie's star power begins and ends with these three actors, though. Virtually every pair of shoes in "Bullet Train" is occupied by familiar feet, from megastars Sandra Bullock and Lady Gaga to the always amazing Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara, Zazie Beetz, and Logan Lerman ... among many others. 

You'll notice that pretty much all of these actors have ample experience in action, adventure, or superhero movies, so it's only fitting that director David Leitch has movies like "Deadpool 2," "Atomic Blonde," and "Hobbs & Shaw" in his CV. Incidentally, Leitch also used to work as Pitt's stunt double (per Collider), so it'll be extremely interesting to see what kind of action wizardry the two can bring to the table. 

What is the plot of Bullet Train?

"Bullet Train" is based on the novel "Maria Beetle" by Japanese writer Kotaro Isaka (per Deadline). Depending on how accurately the movie adaptation follows the book's plot, you can expect multiple strange assassins with radically different methods in the same bullet train, all tasked with different jobs, and largely unaware of each other. However, as the story progresses, it turns out that their missions might just be interconnected after all, and a deadly game begins.

The novel is an exciting combination of high-octane action and a complex, twisting plot that's somewhat reminiscent of Guy Ritchie's early films, and according to "Bullet Train" producer Kelly McCormick, the movie version has all intentions to deliver (via Collider). "I think the combo in what this movie is, which is kind of a crazy crime caper, is a really exciting combo for fans as well as actors," she said. "I can't speak more highly of the picture and the experience. Every day is an absolute riot." 

McCormick also revealed that the comparatively small setting has helped create some very interesting action pieces. "One of the things that was fun about the action on this is the confined space, in that we're basically on a bullet train for the whole picture," she described the film's approach. "So, how do you... What is creative? What is original? What is fresh, with regards to that? And, that's been a really fun challenge for David, as well as the action team headed by second unit director Greg Rementer."