Everything we know about ‘Hit Man’
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Everything we know about ‘Hit Man’

Richard Linklater and Glen Powell teamed up again for a new comedy, the 2023 film Hit Man. The two last worked together on the animated coming-of-age dramedy Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood

Hit Man, destined for a release on Netflix, promises a thrilling blend of noir, screwball comedy, and romance. The film had its premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 5th, 2023.

The film opened to a warm critical reception. And now, Hit Man, starring Powell and Adria Arjona in leading roles, is set to find a broader audience with its unique premise and stellar performances. 

Before its highly anticipated streaming release, let’s delve into everything we know about this upcoming Netflix romantic comedy thriller.

What is Hit Man about?

Co-written by Powell and Linklater, the film is inspired by an astonishing true story first published in the 2001 Texas Monthly magazine article of the same name by Skip Hollandsworth. This isn’t the only Linklater film inspired by one of Hollandsworth’s articles, as Bernie, starring Jack Black, was also based on a Hollandsworth story.

Hit Man follows the journey of a seemingly ordinary college professor, Gary Johnson, who unexpectedly discovers a talent for impersonating a hitman. Johnson was a real person who did pretend to be a contract killer, even though the incidents in the film are fictionalised.

Portrayed by Powell, Johnson’s life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Madison (played by Arjona), a prospective client who ignites a whirlwind romance. However, as their relationship blossoms, layers of deceit unravel, plunging them into a world of deception and danger. 

Who is in the cast of Hit Man?

Led by the charismatic Glen Powell as Gary Johnson, the cast of Hit Man boasts an ensemble of adept actors. 

Adria Arjona plays Madison, the mysterious love interest who becomes entangled in Gary’s intricate web of lies. Alongside Powell and Arjona, the film features Austin Amelio, Retta, Sanjay Rao, Molly Bernard, and Evan Holtzman.

When is Hit Man being released?

Hit Man premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival to critical acclaim. It is scheduled for release on Netflix on June 7th, 2024.

Is there a trailer for Hit Man?

A full-length trailer has yet to be released by Netflix. But a teaser has been shared by Netflix that offers a glimpse into the film’s intriguing premise