R.I.P.D., a film that can honestly be given the accolade of being "this summer's best film to feature undead cops that utilizes the Men in Black mold" has released its debut trailer.
However, don't get the impression that this film intends to charge up any Noisy Crickets and ride alien-tech-installed autos upside-down while listening to Elvis on an 8-track player. This film, based on a comic book by Dark Horse Entertainment, gives us a buddy cop dynamic with Deadpool and The Dude, which should "abide" well by fans of several genres.
It seems that police prodigy, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) gets taken out by some lucky thug on a raid of some kind. However, that's only where his story begins. Upon his death he meets a quirky recruiter (Mary-Louise Parker) who offers him a chance to join a new kind of police force and put on "the last suit you'll ever wear." (Okay, no more MIB references, I promise.) Paired with an old-school gunslinger named Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), Nick must adjust to the nuances of this bizarre beat quickly. It seems that the living world is actually full of hidden monstrous undead criminals who have escaped judgment and its up to a force consisting of the greatest lawmen that ever lived and died called the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) to bring them to non-corporeal justice.
Of course, our heroes won't be fighting these undead d**ks without an inconvenient twist. It seems that in the world of the living, our dead deputies appear behind an avatar (the non-giant smurf variety) and they're not quite appropriate. While the younger upstart in Ryan Reynolds' Nick appears to the mortal muggles as an old Chinese man (James Hong, minus his Lo Pan powers), Jeff Bridges' grizzled gunslinger appears to the world as a bodacious blonde bombshell of a woman played by sizzling surfing star, Marisa Miller. It's a dynamic that will certainly make their interactions with the living awkward and creepy. (Mostly creepy.)
R.I.P.D. saves the living world from desperadoes of the damned when it hits theaters on July 19. Check out the trailer below!