the nice guys first look

If you don’t live in an insane asylum, then you probably love Shane Black‘s directorial debut, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The screenwriter behind Lethal WeaponThe Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Boy Scout made a clever, hilarious, and character-driven mystery with his first outing behind the camera. The film didn’t make a ton of money at the box-office, but there’s a lot of love out there for it. With Black’s next picture, he’s somewhat returning to the dynamic and world we saw in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

After the jump, read Black’s comments on his upcoming movie, The Nice Guys.

I say The Nice Guys “somewhat” resembles what we saw in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang because the Warner Bros.’ project is its own kind of noir film. We haven’t quite seen a script like this from Black before, although it does share similarities to his past work. The Nice Guys takes everything you love — or hate, if you’re not a fan — about Black’s writing and puts a new spin on it, presenting certain tropes and familiar characters on a bigger, rougher, and funnier canvas.

Here’s what the director had to tell People Magazine about the film:

“It is an R-rated film and it’s a caper…It’s a little fast, a little funny and a little rough in places, kind of coarse. These guys are working-class dudes, they’re not really sophisticated private detectives, so it’s a chance to do the kind of thriller I don’t see too much of anymore. Whether this thing is a comedy with action or a thriller with jokes, one thing that’s very clear is these two are extremely funny. People will enjoy seeing the two of them.”

The Nice Guys First Look

And here’s the full image of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling together, playing an odd couple teaming up to uncover a mystery:

the nice guys

Both characters don’t have the greatest sense of style, especially Russell Crowe’s Jackson Healy, but, since this is Crowe and Ryan Gosling we’re looking at, of course they manage to look pretty damn cool in their 1970s’ attire. I’m mostly excited to see what type of chemistry the two actors have. Both characters are equally hilarious and, in their own ways, skilled. It’s a great, funny two-hander, and like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, the script isn’t all jokes and gags. There’s some heart, tension, and drama in The Nice Guys, which plays along nicely with the laughs. Even if the film is only half as good as script, it’ll still be a pretty good movie.

After this The Nice Guys first look, I imagine we’ll see a trailer for the film sometime soon.

The Nice Guys opens in theaters May 20th, 2016.

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