Watch: Bleecker Street releases two new clips from 'Papillon' starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek
Titled 'We're All Scorpions Here' and 'Under Arrest,' the two short clips provide audiences with a further glimpse into the life of Papillon
'Papillon,' starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, is set to premiere this coming August 24. The biographical drama film chronicles the story of French convict Henri Charrière (Hunnam), nicknamed Papillon, who was imprisoned in 1933 and escaped in 1941 with the help of another convict, counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek). The trailer for the film was released in May and provided audiences with their first glimpse of Malek and Hunnam plotting their escapes from the numerous French prison colonies in South America.
An official synopsis for the movie reads: "Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books 'Papillon' and 'Banco,' 'Papillon' follows the epic story of Henri 'Papillon' Charrière a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape."
Now, distributor Bleecker Street has released two further clips that delve into more detail about the drama. The first is titled 'We're All Scorpions in Here' and sees Papillon casing out Dega as a potential partner in his schemes. Having been informed that Dega is cash-rich, Papillon attempts to strike a partnership with the counterfeiter, offering him protection in exchange for money. "Said the scorpion to the frog," remarks Dega on hearing the proposition, only for Papillon to solemnly reply saying, "We're all scorpions in here."
The second of the short clips is titled 'Under Arrest' and sees Papillon confronted by two detectives who accuse him of the murder of a pimp named Roland Legrand. He tries to deny the murder, informing the officers that he was with his girlfriend, Nenette, the entire time, but has his protests dismissed. He's forcefully taken away to the police station as Nenette desperately cries for him to come back.
Besides Hunnam and Malek, the drama also stars the likes of Yorick Van Wageningen, Roland Møller, Tommy Flanagan and Eve Hewson and is directed by Michael Noer from a script by Aaron Guzikowski. Joey McFarland, David Koplan, Ram Bergman, and Roger Corbi act as producers.
'Papillon' was received well upon initial premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and producers will hope that it replicates that success following its release in theaters.
Watch the 'Under Arrest' clip below.