First Pictures Of Wanted

Jolie And McAvoy are gun happy

Universal have supplied us with the first pictures from Wanted, Timor Bekmambetov's (Night Watch) upcoming action movie, based on Mark Millar's graphic novel series.

The film stars James McAvoy – officially nicest and most delightfully Scottish man in the world – as Wes, a disaffected office drone with a boss who hates him and a girlfriend who ignores him*. That is until he meets the aptly named assassin Fox, played by Angelina Jolie.

Following the murder of Wes's father, Fox recruits him to join the Fraternity, a secret society that teaches Wes to unlock powers of lightning reflexes, enormous speed and above average sexiness. But, as with any mysterious sect, the Fraternity is not all it seems.

Bekmambetov has already shown that he has no shortage of ideas for action sequences with Night Watch and Day Watch. Those films were a little lacking in overall coherence, but we're pumped to see what he can do with a proper Hollywood budget and the combination of Jolie and McAvoy is one that excites us in all possible ways – that's a lot of charisma to fit on one screen. The premise of the original Wanted comic book series, which we haven't actually read, is said to take inspiration from across the DC universe sounds like juicy material too. Very excited to see how this one turns out.

Wanted is out in the UK on April 4, 2008.

*Any similarities to Empire staff members are entirely coincidental