Anytime Charlie Hunnam has a new project coming out I get particularly excited and his latest film, Papillon will certainly test audiences with its brutal look at prison culture and its focus on one man’s incredible quest for freedom.
Check out the trailer below:
Here’s the synopsis:
Papillon follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who was unjustly convicted of murder and condemned to life in a notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island in French Guiana, South America. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for his protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.
Adapted from the acclaimed best-seller by Henri Charrière who escaped the dreaded Devil’s Island after 14 years of incarceration, this new adaptation looks to both heighten the visuals and the brutality of Charrière’s story.
Hunnam looks especially wiry and savage as the wrongly convicted Charrière who has an unbreakable will and desires freedom above all else. He deliberately puts himself through the wringer in order to escape the prison and in doing so incurs the wrath of the sadistic and bureaucratic governor Warden Barrot (Yorick van Wageningen).
Hunnam is also joined in the film by Rami Malek who gives an incredible performance as his cell-mate Louis Dega and who essentially becomes Charrière’s conscience in this troubled life they now share.
Director Michael Noer has not skimped on the film’s brutality and harshness and he appears to be exploring ideas of freedom, willpower, friendship and hope with this intense piece of cinema.
Papillon is a film not for the faint of heart, but it appears to be a truly captivating work that will definitely make you sit up in your seat. It will arrive in cinemas later this year.