added: Mon, Jan 23rd '17
A rogue surgeon turns a hitman into a hitwoman in the first trailer for Walter Hill's controversial gender-switching revenge thriller "The Assignment."
"Fast and Furious" star Michelle Rodriguez plays Frank Kitchen, a contract killer who, after being kidnapped and held against his will by a crazed black market surgeon (played by Sigourney Weaver), is surgically transformed into a woman. The operation was done as payback for killing the surgeon's beloved brother. Frank now finds (her)self back on the streets, actively plotting her revenge.
The film, which is Hill's first directorial effort in five years since 2012's Sylvester Stallone-and-Jason Momoa-starring action flop "Bullet to the Head," seems to continue the 75-year-old director's unfortunate career slump.
(Walter Hill is perhaps best known for directing the highly influential classic action films "The Warriors" and "48 Hrs," as well as producing and developing the original story for "Alien".)
Formerly titled "Tomboy: A Revenger's Tale" and also "(Re)Assignment," the film premiered to mostly negative reviews in September at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was also criticized on social media as being insensitive to transgender issues -- though Rodriguez defends the film, calling it an "action genre movie" and nothing more than "an entertainment piece."
"The Assignment," which also stars Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, and Caitlin Gerard, doesn't have an official release date but should be out sometime in 2017.
This jaw-droppingly audacious revenge thriller from the great Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) stars Michelle Rodriguez as a lowlife killer put through full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) -- tiff.net
directed by Walter Hill
starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Caitlin Gerard
release date 2017