Filmmaker Gareth Evans has been responsible for some of the most jaw-dropping images to appear on movie screens over the past few years, thanks to his directing of 2011’s extraordinary action movie The Raid and his co-directing (with Timo Tjahjanto) of the insane “Safe Haven” segment of horror anthology V/H/S/2. So what’s next for the Welsh-born, Indonesia-based auteur? That would be The Raid 2, which expands the universe of the first movie well beyond its one-building locale as rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) reluctantly goes undercover, and into prison, to take down a criminal empire – and beat the crap out of a whole lot of people.
The Raid 2 is screening at SXSW Monday night and will debut theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on March 28, followed by a more extensive release around the country. You can check out the film’s trailer below and, exclusively, its brand new poster, above.