Brad Pitt battles assassins in action thriller ‘Bullet Train’

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BERLIN, July 19 (Reuters) – Hollywood star Brad Pitt battles assassins on a high-speed train traveling through Japan in action thriller ‘Bullet Train’, reuniting with his former stuntman-turned-director David Leitch.

Pitt plays Ladybug, a hapless assassin who wants to do her job well before finding herself facing a range of dangerous adversaries, all with missions related to her own, aboard the high-speed train.

Based on Kotaro Isaka’s 2010 novel, the film also stars Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, and Hiroyuki Sanada.

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“Dave was actually my stunt man in 1998… We met on ‘Fight Club’ and he trained me for the fight and it worked out so well,” Pitt told a press conference in Berlin. Tuesday, about Leitch.

“We continued with that pairing until about 2004 with a bunch of other movies, and then he let me do other things, and now it’s come full circle, so it’s really good for me to have as a boss now.”

The film features numerous stunts and fight scenes as the assassins all seek to get their hands on a briefcase.

Leitch, who directed “Atomic Blonde,” “Deadpool 2” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” said he was looking to balance the film’s violence with comedy.

“It’s always a balance of tone in a movie…I think creating an elevated world…allows us to get away with more stuff,” he said. “So we’re in this kind of comic book world, this escapist fantasy world and we can play with some of these darker ideas.”

The cast and crew of the film are promoting “Bullet Train” in Europe this week ahead of its worldwide release in early August.

“I didn’t even realize it had been like three years because we were on lockdown and hadn’t brought anything to a table in a while,” Pitt said of the promotional track return.

“It’s just nice. We all put in everything we had to tell the story. It’s reunited…and it’s really nice to let it go now, hopefully people enjoy it together in the theater laughing.”

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Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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