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The one studio probably benefiting the most right now amid theatrical and production shutdowns is Netflix, which continues to release a surfeit of new content, both movies and television, straight to streaming. In terms of series, the platform’s wild documentary series “Tiger King” has taken the world by storm, the awards-ready biopic “Self Made” has burst into the Emmys race, and junk-food reality shows like “Love Is Blind” continue to captivate audiences everywhere. Now, Netflix is about to release its latest feature film, “Extraction,” dropping on the streamer April 24. The action thriller is the directorial feature debut of Marvel Cinematic Universe stunt coordinator and actor Sam Hargrave. Watch the first official trailer for the film below.
The film stars action icon Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a weathered mercenary whose combat skills are solicited when he’s sent to Bangladesh to rescue an international crime lord’s kidnapped son. Hemsworth’s violent journey confronts him with the worlds of weapons and drug trafficking in a race for survival. Previously titled “Dhaka” after the capital city of Bangladesh, “Extraction” also stars David Harbour of “Stranger Things,” and Derek Luke, who broke out in 2002 with “Antwone Fisher,” and starred in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
“Extraction” is written by Joe Russo, who also produces with his brother Anthony Russo under their AGBO shingle. The brothers previously directed four Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” bringing an already established action pedigree to the new Netflix movie. The Russo Brothers’ next project out of the MCU will be “Cherry,” starring Tom Holland as an army medic with PTSD whose trauma turns him into a drug addict and serial criminal. Hemsworth, meanwhile, has the MCU animated series “What If…?” coming up, as well as “Thor: Love and Thunder” and an announced Hulk Hogan biopic, which will all resume development and production whenever the embargo lifts on Hollywood in the hopefully near future.
“Extraction” was shot in Ahmedabad and Mumbai with additional filming in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand, and on-location in Dhaka.
Watch the trailer for “Extraction” below.
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New Netflix original Extraction centers on a hardened mercenary's mission, which becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son. The cast also includes Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Derek Luke and Golshifteh Farahani. Taking to Twitter, Chris Hemsworth expressed his excitement in sharing the trailer, especially at this moment in time, given what's going on in the world.'So happy to finally be able to share the trailer for Extraction with you all! This has been a difficult few months for all of us, and we hope this will provide a bit of entertainment while we are all staying home.'
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The film is backed by Cross Creek, Team Downey and The Allegiance Theater. CAA Media Finance repped the U.S. rights while Mad River launched foreign sales at the European Film Market in Berlin last month.
Pic is an adaptation of Paul Tremblay's popular horror novel, and Cooper is revising the current draft. The film sees a young woman recount to a journalist the terrifying story of how her family was publicly ripped apart 20 years prior by her teenage sister’s mysterious affliction. Additional casting is underway.
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