Jake Gyllenhaal has unfinished business to solve in the first trailer for director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film The covenant.
The MGM military thriller, which hits theaters April 21, stars Gyllenhaal as Army Sergeant John Kinley, who is rescued by his interpreter, played by Dar Salim, while on tour in Afghanistan. The footage shows Kinley wrestling with the question of whether he should put himself in danger again to save Ahmed.
“If it wasn’t enough that he carried me over those mountains, now he’s hiding in a hole somewhere,” Gyllenhaal’s character says gloomily in the trailer. “I should be in that hole.”
He later adds: ‘Ahmed and his family are in trouble. I’ll have to get it out myself.”
The cast also includes Alexander Ludwig, Antony Starr, Jason Wong, Bobby Schofield, Sean Sagar, Sina Parvaneh, Emily Beecham, Cyrus Khodaveisi and Christian Ochoa.
Originally entitled The translator, Ritchie wrote the script with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies. Ritchie co-produces with Atkinson, John Friedberg and Josh Berger.
Gyllenhaal was recently featured in Michael Bay’s Ambulance and voiced a role in Don Hall’s Disney animated film Strange world, both released last year. He previously covered military themes in films including Jarhead (2005) and Source code (2011).
During a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterRitchie reflected on his 1998 feature film debut, Lock, stock and two smoking barrels, which is approaching its 25th anniversary after impressing on its initial release and helping to set up his future career success. “You blink your eyes and it’s like nothing happened,” he said. “You’re just two stone heavier and a little bit richer.”