Sam Worthington Isn't Afraid of Heights in New Man on a Ledge Poster and Trailer
09.23.11 by Ryan
Say you're a cop who is framed for a crime you didn't commit, what would you do if you found a chance to escape? If you're Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) in the upcoming thriller Man on a Ledge, the plan is simple: step out on the ledge of a building in New York and feign a suicide attempt while actually coordinating the theft of a $30M diamond and convincing a hostage negotiator to believe he's innocent as SWAT team members swirl around ready to rain down bullets. See? Simple.
If the plot seems convoluted, don't worry, the cast is tight. Worthington is surrounded by such notables as Elizabeth Banks (Our Idiot Brother) as the hostage negotiator; Jamie Bell (The Eagle, Jumper) and Genesis Rodriguez (Entourage) as Worthington's co-conspirators; Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's The Closer) as a news reporter; Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan) as a cop; Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as possibly another cop (he drives in an unmarked police car for no more than half a second); and Ed Harris as a guy who tries on suit jackets and says things like, "Find them" and "Tell me it's done" (the villain, of course). From the looks of the icy blue poster and teaser trailer, the movie looks promising, since the story sounds like Inside Man and Negotiator stuffed inside Phone Booth.
Before you watch the trailer, here's the official synopsis below.
Nick Cassidy (Worthington) was an honest cop. Now he’s in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate, he seizes the first chance to escape. Hours later, he is freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City. As a crowd gathers below, police cordon off the area and agree to Nick’s request to speak with pretty police negotiator Lydia Anderson (Banks). But Lydia doesn’t know that she is part of his grand plan, a plan that could give them both a second chance.
Speaking quietly into a lapel microphone, Nick coordinates the high-tech theft of a $30 million diamond—the same diamond he was convicted of stealing. It’s the only way he can prove his innocence, but he needs Lydia’s help—and he’s running out of time. When his identity is exposed, a SWAT team positions itself on the roof, ready to take him out. Lydia isn’t sure he’s telling the truth, but if he really was set up for the diamond heist, it had to be an inside job, which means at least one of the cops on the scene wants Nick dead. With SWAT about to move, cops destroying the evidence that could save him and nowhere to go but down, Nick’s chances of survival are getting slimmer by the minute.
Directed by documentarian Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) and written by Pablo F. Fenjves.