Followers of Vince Vaughn’s career will know that it pretty much comes in two distinct settings. There is, of course, Smartass Vince, the guy who made Vaughn famous, smirking his way into America’s hearts in Swingers and Wedding Crashers. But we also get an occasional appearance from Badass Vince, the would-be action hero who glowered his way through thrillers like 2016's much-derided Term Life.
Now, Badass Vince is back for another go, in the form of a bald, drawling, car-punching patriot in the trailer for S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl On Cell Block 99. The whole thing is very Con Air, with Vaughn as a good-hearted convict with an unconvincing Southern accent, who gets drawn into unwanted violence due to his special set of skills. The rest of the cast also includes Don Johnson as an obvious criminal kingpin of the “older actor looking for dynamic career reinvention” vibe, and Jennifer Carpenter as the woman Vaughn is presumably trying to get his big tattooed head back to. Meanwhile, Zahler—who wrote and directed Bone Tomahawk—includes some nifty stylistic tricks in the trailer, including a persistent pounding that (given the presence of Fred Melamed in a small role) provokes weird, presumably unintentional flashbacks to the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man.