American Ultra poster MTV

What if Jason Bourne was a stoner in love? Then you’ve have the basis of American Ultra, the new film from director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle). Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart, reuniting after Adventureland, are Mike and Phoebe. They’re huge slackers who smoke pot, hang out and watch TV but Mike wants to propose. Just as he’s about to do that, events start to unfold revealing his a sleeper agent, secret spy action character. Yes, Jesse Eisenberg’s character.

The film opens August 21 and the first still from the film has been revealed along with two character posters. Check out the first American Ultra posters and still below.

MTV has all the American Ultra stuff.

American Ultra posters and still

From those posters, you don’t get a sense of what the movie is at all. It’s definitely intriguing, but they do sort of seem like a Cheech and Chong film, right? On the other hand that still, complete with the frightened looks and bloody faces, tells a bit more of the story.

Nourizadeh talked to MTV about how the aim of the film is to bust expectations:

You start with this kind of like sweet love story. I don’t want to turn people off with that, but what’s really unique about this movie is the fact that it’s like this kind of crazy action-comedy, but really at the core there is this like romance and there’s this love story where all he wants to do is to propose to her. Really if you look at it, the action that comes into play is basically the stuff that’s softening it. It’s like the hurdles that you have to like overcome.

His world just gets turned upside down and he starts to realize who he actually is. For a lot of the movie, he’s just like unaware of what’s going on, why these people are trying to kill him, and he soon finds out. It’s just this weird sort of entertaining, well-rounded, totally unique movie, I think where you know you’ll be laughing one minute, you’ll be hopefully quite shocked at some of the action that we did. It’s violent, it’s graphic, it’s funny, it’s silly at times, you know it’s just got so many things going on that its hard to actually define really.

America Ultra opens August 21 and we’ll have more on it in the coming months.

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