Papillon trailer: Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam star in a remake of the 1973 classic

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek are hardly Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman but we'll have to make do for this new take on writer Henri Charrière's autobiographical Papillon novel. Both actors are skirting around the edges of making a breakthrough into Hollywood stardom (Malek stands a better chance with the forthcoming Bohemian Rhapsody) although if marketed well enough this film won't do them any harm either. You can watch the trailer for the updated version of Papillon above right now.

The film follows the story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.

Michael Noer (R: Hit First, Hit Hardest) directs, with Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Roland Møller and Christopher Fairbank all featuring in the supporting cast.

Papillon arrives in US theatres in August but no news yet on a UK release date.

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