Brad Pitt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson face off in Bullet Train


Having not appeared in a starring role in almost three years, Brad Pitt is finally back on the big screen – and his latest actor is one for the ages. The actor directs Bullet Train, directed by David Leitch from Deadpool 2, in which five rival assassins chase a MacGuffin briefcase on a Japanese Shinkansen traveling at 300 km/h. One of these assassins is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

“I have to face Brad,” he told Total Film in the new issue, featuring Thor: Love and Thunder on the cover. “Like everyone else. We all shoot the big man. Everyone gets a nice slice of the pie. We all have our own slice of juicy action and our own fighting styles. It’s awesome.” He pauses. “Fortunately, I didn’t accidentally punch the most handsome man in the world in the face.”

While the assassins can all fight Pitt’s character, Ladybird, the movie isn’t just a thriller or an action movie or a murder mystery or even a comedy. It’s all of those things and, as Leitch puts it, “an irreverent commentary on fate.”

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“When you’re on one of these seminal films, the action is the cornerstone,” he continues. “You already know Ethan Hunt was there on a previous Mission Impossible, and you need to find a bigger set. They’re great, but that’s what they need.” Bullet Train, on the other hand, is fresh, irreverent, anarchic, not yet locked into any rules or patterns. In today’s Hollywood, original intellectual property is rare and should be celebrated. But can she steal the eyeballs from superhero sequels?

“I think it can [compete]“, says Leitch. “We have to fight as creatives to have original intellectual property in the theater. I love superhero movies, and I’ve made them – Deadpool 2, and no doubt Hobbs & Shaw because the fast world is almost a superhero franchise at this point – but people are ready for new ideas. I think the public wants it. And we can do that with the right ideas, the right stars and the right studio support, that’s for sure.”

Bullet Train opens August 3 in the UK and August 5 in the US. For more on the film’s cast – including Pitt – and the director, check out the new issue of Total movie (opens in a new tab), available now on physical and digital shelves (opens in a new tab).

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