Following True Detective, Term Life and Hacksaw Ridge, Vince Vaughn continues his recent run of more serious roles in the crime-thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99.
Written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, who was behind the 2015 western-horror Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 tells of a former boxer (Vaughn) whose life spirals into chaos when he decides to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. A gunfight soon leads him to prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence.
Zahler’s an interesting filmmaker. Bone Tomahawk was a well written, strongly directed and surprisingly brutal genre mash up that marked him as one to look out for. This could certainly further his climb. It looks like a solid character piece, with a gritty narrative and Vaughn seemingly embracing his badass role. Interest piqued.
The filmmaker is reteaming with Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson and Udo Kier in the thriller Dragged Across Concrete. That film, which is currently in production, will find Vaughn and his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson playing two cops who descend into the criminal underworld following media coverage of their strong-arm tactics.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 will open in U.S. cinemas on October 6.
Synopsis for Brawl in Cell Block 99:
In BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, a former boxer named Bradley (Vince Vaughn) loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to end. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.