Here’s the trailer for The Devil’s Double, the movie with the utterly ridiculous poster that we showed you last week. You know, the one that looked sort of like the unholy union of Piss Christ and Scarface. The trailer isn’t quite as batshit crazy as the poster, but it’s still pretty nuts. It features Dominic Cooper as Uday Hussein (Saddam’s son), as well as his hired double, Latif Yahia, and is a study in corruption and decadence. It co-stars the knee-shakingly lovely Ludivine Sagnier,and Australian actor Philip Quast as Saddam Hussein.
For those of you counting, that’s a French woman, an Australian and a Brit, all playing Iraqis. It’s like a nonmagical Last Airbender up in this bitch.
Anyway, the trailer looks like the film has the potential to be manic, frenzied, opulent fun. Perhaps most promising is the fact that it’s directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). Oh, wait. He also directed xXx: State Of The Union. Oy.
If that didn’t spell it out enough for you, here’s the synopsis:
Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ - or body double - to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince’s psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence. With one wrong move costing him his life, Latif forges an intimate bond with Sarrab (Ludivine Sangier), Uday’s seductive mistress who’s haunted by her own secrets. But as war looms with Kuwait and Uday’s depraved gangster regime threatens to destroy them all, Latif realizes that escape from the devil’s den will only come at the highest possible cost.