"RED" was a surprise hit after its release in October of 2010. The film earned $90 million at the North American box office and $199 million worldwide. "RED" even grabbed a surprise Golden Globe nomination in the Best Picture Musical or Comedy category, because nothing is more reputable than a stamp of approval from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Add all that together and you get this: "RED 2," a sequel to the hit first film.
Based on the DC Comics series about a retired CIA operative forced back into action (RED stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous), "RED 2" reunites cast members Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren while also adding Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins to the mix. The result appears to be a globe-trotting action-comedy thriller, with parts that recall the first "RED," parts that recall "Ocean's 12" (never a bad thing) and a perhaps nod to "Goodfellas" (the end bit with the unfortunate soul in the trunk).
"RED 2" is out in theaters on Aug. 2, meaning it could expand on the big box office of the original. Check out the first trailer above. Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") replaces Robert Schwentke in the director's chair. Head over to Apple to watch in HD.