Sean Penn may have only just started shooting The Gunman recently, but the first image from the movie has already been released, via USA Today, showing Penn looking a bit stressed, dirty and, as the title suggests, holding a gun.
The Gunman is based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. It follows an international operative, Jim Terrier (Penn), who is betrayed by his handlers and goes on the run. Penn tells USA Today, “Calling it an ‘action film’ is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn’t tell the story of what she is at all.”
He adds, “I don’t separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It’s a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare.”
The film also stars Jasmine Trinca as Terrier’s love interest, Javier Bardem as her husband, Idris Elba as a mysterious operative, Ray Winstone as Penn’s mentor, and Mark Rylance as one of his enemies. It’s currently filming in Europe with Pierre Morel directing.