Hotel Artemis, written and directed by Drew Pearce, is a quirky high-tech crime drama with an awesome ensemble.
Hotel Artemis represents a major step in the industry ladder for one Drew Pearce, writer of hits like Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, since it’s the Brit scribe’s feature film directorial debut. Brandishing a fantastic cast that includes Oscar winner Jodie Foster, along with Sofie Boutella, Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista and even Jeff Goldblum, the film contains elements of sci-fi, action, crime dramas, with a hint of idiosyncratic ensemble pieces.
Hotel Artemis Trailer
The Hotel Artemis trailer quickly establishes a premise built around a concept akin to John Wick‘s Continental Hotel, with a secret establishment for criminals in which a strict code of honor among thieves is enforced by an eccentric overseer known as the Nurse (Jodie Foster). Here, the titular L.A. hotel is, in actuality, a high-tech hospital for wounded criminals; one in which weapons or the assaulting of other patients is strictly prohibited under the specter of a likely-devastating punishment. However, that will be put to the test when a deadly French assassin, Nice (Sofia Boutella), is revealed to be in possession of a pen in which $18 million in diamonds is hidden, leading to a potential invasion of the hospital by their irate and very powerful owner, crime boss Niagara (Jeff Goldblum).
Along with Jodie Foster, Sofie Boutella and Jeff Goldblum, the Hotel Artemis cast also consists of Dave Bautista, Charlie Day, Zachary Quinto and Jenny Slate.
Per the official synopsis:
Jean Thomas, aka THE NURSE (Jodie Foster) is the manager of the Hotel Artemis, an ultra-exclusive, members-only hospital hidden in a hotel redolent of faded ‘20s glamour. Tough, sharp and utterly fearless, The Nurse treats an assortment of assassins, gunrunners, thieves and gangsters in an unexpected state-of-the-art emergency room capable of providing a new liver with a 3-D printer or injecting a patient with nanobots that heal from the inside out. With the help of her towering assistant EVEREST, The Nurse wrangles some of the most dangerous criminals in the world, from sultry French assassin NICE and international arms dealer ACAPULCO, to bank robbers WAIKIKI and his brother HONOLULU. One night as a violent riot rages on the streets of Los Angeles, legendary crime boss Orian Franklin, aka NIAGARA, arrives needing immediate treatment after a failed attempt on his life. Niagara’s sudden arrival creates a violent clash among the criminals in the hospital, with one ‘patient’ having a particularly deadly motive for checking into the hotel. The Nurse makes a decision that could jeopardize the future of the ER and everyone in it. Now the safest place for criminals in the city has become the most dangerous.
Hotel Artemis Release Date
Hotel Artemis is open for business when it hits theaters on June 8.
Hotel Artemis Details
Drew Pearce not only directed Hotel Artemis, but also wrote the script and served as an executive producer alongside personnel such as Ink Factory founders Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, along with Simon and Stephen Cornwell.
The backing of Pearce’s first foray as a helmer could also be interpreted as a major step toward prominence for The Ink Factory. While having a piece of the pie in one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final roles in 2014’s A Most Wanted Man and the Chadwick Boseman-starring thriller Message from the King, the company experienced quite the boost of acclaim as one of the primary backers for the recent hit television mini-series The Night Manager, which starred Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and aired on BBC One in the U.K. and AMC in U.S.
Pearce previously directed a handful of short films, notably Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, a short epilogue to Iron Man 3 that essentially overturned that film’s notorious plot twist involving its promised villain the Mandarin and Ben Kingsley’s audience-inveigling pretender, Trevor Slattery. Thus, it will be interesting to see if that prose-powered momentum can help propel Pearce behind the camera with Hotel Artemis.