New Trailer for Attack the Block; Plus Meet the Cast in Character Featurettes
04.23.11 by Ryan
British sci-fi import Attack the Block had a strong U.S. debut at this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), earning universal praise, the SXSW Audience Award, and, eventually, U.S. distribution.
Attack the Block is the feature debut from writer/director Joe Cornish, who, along with Edgar Wright (who produced Attack the Block), co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The movie follows a group of teens defending themselves during an alien invasion and has drawn comparisons to The Goonies and Gremlins, which is somewhat easy to see in the movie's synopsis.
Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a gang of youths, Moses (John Boyega), Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). While they are mugging nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object falls from the sky, crashing through the roof of a parked car near them. When they investigate, they discover a creature who was part of the meteor and kill it. Soon more aliens follow and the gang have to defend themselves from them.
The Guardian (via SlashFilm) debuted the latest trailer, which not only shows the movie's story, but features the soundtrack from English house duo Basement Jaxx.
To learn more about the individual characters, MovieWeb found character featurettes which is comprised of interviews with the actors describing their characters, starting with Moses (Boyega), "The Leader".
Next up is Pest (Esmail), "The Funnyman":
Biggz (Howard) is ironically "The Young One":
Dennis (Drameh) is "The Hothead":
Lastly, Jerome (Jones) is "The Brains":
Attack the Block opens in the U.K. on May 13, but still has no date scheduled yet for the U.S. Nick Frost (Paul, Shaun of the Dead) and Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans) co-star. Check out two more preview clips here.