After seemingly taking a break from his “unlikely, investigative duo” archetype with Iron Man 3, writer and director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is at it again with the mystery thriller and crime comedy, The Nice Guys (scheduled for summer of 2016).
New Zealand born, Australian actor Russell Crowe (don’t ask—he might throw a telephone at you) plays Jackson Healy, a for-hire enforcer, and Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling (who, until recently, refused to eat his cereal) is Holland March, a private investigator who his daughter describes as “the world’s worst detective.” The two are forced to team up to investigate the disappearance of a girl and the ostensibly unrelated death of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Of course, their investigation gets complicated as they uncover a conspiracy that could lead right to the top.
The trailer is action packed, but lighthearted and fun in the tongue-in-cheek manner we’ve come to expect from Black. The Gladiator and Papa Gos appear to be naturals together as Gosling’s intentional over-the-top is balanced well by Crowe’s straight man. Catering to both action and comedy fans alike, I sincerely doubt these “nice guys” finish last as this appears to have the makings of a summer box-office hit.
Watch the (NSFW) trailer below: