Though deviating from his benchmark performance as Black Panther in the MCU, Chadwick Boseman won’t be shying away from the action in his latest role in 21 Bridges, a crime drama following an NYPD detective who is on the hunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive conspiracy.
Boseman stars as detective Andre Davis, who is still haunted after witnessing his father being killed in the line of duty as a child. When several officers are gunned down in a massive shootout, Davis is all the more determined to prevent them from escaping and goes to extremes to get these criminals, even shutting down every route out of Manhattan including the 21 bridges that give access on and off the island.
Brian Kirk (director) and Chadwick Boseman (Andre Davis) in 21 Bridges (2019)
Before long, Davis realizes that there is a lot more to the situation than meets the eye—this may not be as simple as a couple of crooks shooting down cops. As Davis makes clear, the nature of the shoot-out is highly unusual and suggests that the gunmen are being used as pawns in a much bigger game that even they themselves are unaware of.
While the plot of 21 Bridges may be pretty far removed from anything in the MCU, the movie’s set may feel a little closer to home for Boseman. Behind the camera, we find that the movie is being produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of the legendary Avengers: Endgame (2019). Directed by Brian Kirk, who is best known for his contributions on HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011-2019), this upcoming cop-thriller will be Boseman’s first time working with the primarily television-based director but his fourth collaboration with the Russo brothers, including Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The cast of 21 Bridges presented consists of a wide array of actors, including Keith David (Coraline, Platoon), Sienna Miller (American Woman), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as fellow NYPD officers, as well as Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk) as the gunmen.
J.K. Simmons (NYPD Captain), Chadwick Boseman (Andre Davis), and Sienna Miller in 21 Bridges (2019)
With an action-packed plot in store, we can expect a sophisticated crime-thriller, where the lines between good and bad are blurred. With the trailer dropping big hints of potential double and even triple-crosses, there are bound to be plenty of twists and turns in this high-octane shootout.
For all of you fans of the genre, thrill-seekers, or just Chadwick Boseman admirers, 21 Bridges is sure to not disappoint. Check out the final trailer below, and grab your tickets before it hits Regal on November 22nd!