There’s something you won’t have picked up on in the trailer for Jason Statham’s new film Redemption, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight in theaters and available On Demand June 28. Statham’s character – a drunk, haunted, homeless ex-Special Forces soldier who cleans himself up to avenge the death of a young woman – realizes he’s literally stumbled into the temporarily vacant apartment of a gay photographer (framed male nudes on the walls tip him off) and poses as one of the man’s boyfriends when the neighbors bust him housesitting.
Our exclusive clip below, featuring one of those neighbors, hints at something that the trailer does, however, tease: Statham’s character develops feelings for a nun (Polish actress Agata Buzek), who helps him along the way.
You may feel guilty rooting for them to get together at first, but when her backstory is revealed, it could help. “They’re from two extremely different places, and yet they share something very dark and secretive, which brings them so close,” Statham tells EW. “At the end of the day, they know that it’s a fleeting moment, but there’s something quite romantic about it too. It’s like two ships that pass in the night. Steve Knight said to me, ‘It’s like you get on an Underground train, and you sit next to somebody, and you could tell them your deepest, darkest secret because you know you’ll never see them again. Whereas if you know you’re gonna see somebody, it’s hard to confide in them because they may judge you. A total stranger won’t ever judge you. They’ll be gone.’”
Check out the clip and trailer below: