First Trailer and Pictures from ‘The Green Hornet’

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Jay Chou and Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures debuted the first four images and the first trailer from Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet based on the 1960s television series. The film stars Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, Jay Chou as Kato and also features Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz and Michael Pena.

I have included the trailer directly below followed by the official plot synopsis. You can check out the first four images from the film including a look Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz as “Chudnowsky,” the film’s villain right here.

The Green Hornet was originally set to hit theaters on June 25, 2010, was bumped to December 22 and finally landed at January 14, 2011 due to the decision to convert the film into 3D. I didn’t watch the trailer, but that January release date tells me this one can’t exactly be bringing the heat… Tell me, am I right or does this look like a worthy ticket purchase based on this trailer?

Britt Reid is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene — until his father mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato, they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves — protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.

Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case, they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky. But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.