Hunnam and Malek Attempts To Escape Devil’s Island In First “Papillon” Trailer

By Creative Media Times

Bleecker Street

“The greatest escape adventure ever told,” it says on the poster of “Papillon” as Bleecker Street releases its first trailer.

The film is based on Henri Charrière autobiographies Papillon and Banco, as well as the 1973 film adaptation of the former which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Charrière was convicted as a murderer by the French courts in 1931, sentenced to life in prison and ten years of hard labour, and in 1941 escaped from a penal colony in French Guiana with the help of another convict.

Charlie Hunnam is Charrière aka Papillon, a nickname derive from a butterfly tattoo inscribed on his chest, while Rami Malek is Louis Dega, the man he forms an unlikely alliance with in order to escape.

“If I ever get out, I’m going to live a different kind of life,” Papillon says in the trailer.

The book “Papillon” published in 1969, was an immediate success upon its release, becoming a worldwide bestseller and garnering critical acclaim.

Directed by Michael Noer (Northwest) and penned by Aaron Guzikoswski (Prisoners), “Papillon” premiered last September at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is currently set to hit theaters August 24.