First Trailer for Lockout gets punched

Production is wrapping up on Lockout, a sci-fi thriller from producer Luc Besson, who was also involved with the Fifth Element.

True, the first trailer isn’t much to go by, as it mostly just shows clips from a single conversation. Still, the trailer does manage to convey the flavor and style of the film. Plus, the few bits of action we do get to see look pretty damn spectacular.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think much of this film when I first heard about it (hello, Escape from New York?!), but the trailer puts on a good show.

In Lockout, Guy Pearce plays a man wrongfully accused of espionage against the United States, who has been given a chance at freedom if he will undergo a special ops mission for the government.

It seems that the presidents daughter, played by Maggie Grace, has been trapped on an orbiting penal colony, which is currently under the control of the inmates. The protagonist has to infiltrate the prison, rescue the girl, and get back out again. Obviously, you can be sure a romantic relationship will develop between the lead characters.

In addition to Pearce and Grace, Lockout stars Peter Stormare. The film was written – in part – by Besson himself, and is directed by the team of James Mather and Stephen St. Ledger.

Lockout hits theaters on April 13, 2012.