Passion Play seemed like something worth getting very excited about when it was announced and as the production developed. Mickey Rourke, always a winner. Bill Murray, ’nuff said. Megan Fox, all the boys like to look at her, and she’s a comic geek. And then there’s Mitch Glazer, the writer/director, reuniting with Murray for the first time since Scrooged.
That last point ought to be enough to sell just about anyone. And if it isn’t, then you haven’t seen Scrooged.
Unfortunately, reports on Passion Play from the festival circuit have been less than passionate. Fox plays a freak-show attraction, a literal fallen angel (complete with feathered wings), whom Rourke’s jazz trumpet-playing character takes a liking to. This doesn’t sit well with Murray’s character, who, as we see in this newly released trailer, somehow manages to look like Robert De Niro in Casino. Hard to say if the reports from festival-goers are accurate based on what we see here, but we’ll get to find out when the film finally hits theaters on May 6.