International ‘Max Steel’ Trailer: The Movie is Actually Happening

Image via Open Road Films
Image via Open Road Films

The first footage for Max Steel has been unveiled in the form of an international trailer.

Spawned as a line of action figures from toy company Mattel, Max Steel was eventually developed into a CG-animated series of the same name in 2000. Nine direct-to-video animated films followed, and now we have a long-gestating live-action feature.

Ben Winchell plays Max McGrath, a teenager who discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. He bonds with Steel (voiced Josh Brener), a mysterious techno-organic extraterrestrial that happens to be the only being able to help him contain such power.

Open Road had originally planned to release this one in the States around year ago, but it’s a project that has seen one delay after another for quite a while now. Nevertheless, it looks like it’ll finally see the light of day, and the first footage is presented in an awkward mishmash of a trailer. It may just be this international cut, but it’s looking like a cheap Tron/Power Rangers knock off. Or are we being too harsh? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Directed by Stewart Hendler, known for the 2009 slasher film Sorority Row and the live-action video game adaptation mini-series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

According to IMDB, Max Steel, also starring Maria Bello, Andy Garcia, Ana Villafañe and Mike Doyle, is scheduled to hit the U.S. on October 21.

Extended official synopsis for Max Steel:

Max Steel is an in-depth “origin” story packed with captivating characters and fast-paced action. The plot chronicles the adventures of Max McGrath and his mother have just moved back to Copper Canyon, the town in which Max’s scientist father died in a mysterious accident shortly after Max was born. As Max adjusts to his new school, things get complicated when his body starts to generate strange energy flare-ups that he can’t control.

At first a confusing mix of inconvenient and exhilarating, this unpredictable power eventually grows too intense for Max to handle, causing him to distance himself from those around him including the girl he likes, Sofia. Eventually the energy pushes him to the verge of fatal combustion. In the nick of time, a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel, who has been secretly monitoring Max’s progress, saves him just before he loses consciousness. The two discover that when joined together they can control the energy and harness it into superhuman strength – and that when apart, neither can survive for long.

As these two unlikely friends learn to accept their connected fates, they begin to uncover secrets surrounding the death of Max’s father. As they dig deeper, they soon find themselves hunted by an unforeseen enemy bent on capturing Max and Steel for a sinister agenda of destruction. Uncertain who to trust, they will have to work together to find the truth, and fight the mysterious forces threatening our world.

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