American Ultra looks set to follow Paul Fieg’s Spy in twisting the traditional action movie, replacing the usual grisly masculine hero with someone a little less predictable, and very out of their comfort zone.
In this case, it’s Jesse Eisenberg’s Mike, a laid back stoner whose sole ambition is to propose to his girlfriend Phoebe (Kirsten Stewart), but as it turns out, he has a Chuck-style knowledge of secret agent skills locked in his head that he had no idea existed.
Something that co-star Connie Britton unlocks, leading to a whole mess of trouble involving the CIA (Topher Grace, Tony Hale), as they decide that Mike is too powerful, and must be eliminated.
Written by Max Landis (known for Chronicle, and behind the upcoming Mr. Right film starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell), American Ultra is a genre-bending action film due in theaters on August 21, 2015.