When John Wick came out in 2014, we already knew Keanu Reeves could kick ass. He had already appeared in action films like The Matrix trilogy, Constantine, and 47 Ronin, so casting Reeves as a former hitman getting pulled back in didn’t seem like that much of a stretch. However, Nobody, from the writer of the John Wick series, takes a new approach, presenting an actor we might have never expected to be a killer: Better Call Saul and Mr. Show actor Bob Odenkirk.
In Nobody, Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a calm family man who doesn’t defend himself or his family when thieves break into his home one night. After his family and friends show their disappointment at his lack of action, something awakens in Hutch that has long been dormant. For twelve years before starting a family, Hutch used to work for “some very dangerous people” and has hidden that side of himself from those around him.
In fact, Bob Odenkirk’s Hutch was known as an “auditor,” who was the last person you’d want to see at your door, because it meant you didn’t have long to live. In the new trailer, which recently debuted at the Super Bowl, and the full restricted trailer, we see Bob Odenkirk killing scores of men, blowing them up, shooting them, beating them up on a bus, and speeding away from them in a stolen car. Basically, Odenkirk has gone full John Wick in order to protect his family and to reclaim that part of himself that he thought was long gone.
While Nobody might seem uncharacteristic of Bob Odenkirk’s other work, it does remind quite a bit of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Hutch getting walked over, then finally fighting back kind of feels like the arc of Walter White on Breaking Bad, while Hutch’s move from a good guy into a bad man does feel sort of like what Odenkirk has done on Better Call Saul. However, Jimmy McGill never killed a group of men with a bunch of nails in a glass jar.
Nobody is directed by Ilya Naishuller, who previously directed 2015’s Hardcore Henry. Nobody is also being written by Derek Kolstad, who also wrote all three films in the John Wick franchise, and wrote the upcoming Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In addition to Bob Odenkirk, Nobody has an impressive cast, which includes Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen as Becca, Hutch’s wife, RZA as Harry, Hutch’s half brother, and Christopher Lloyd as Hutch’s father. If an ass-kicking Bob Odenkirk doesn’t sell you on the idea of Nobody, maybe Christopher Lloyd shooting guns will.
For years, Bob Odenkirk was known as a comedian, working as a writer for shows like Saturday Night Live, before writer and performing in The Ben Stiller Show, and co-creating, writing, and starring in the extremely influential sketch show, Mr. Show with Bob and David. While Odenkirk has appeared in shows like Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and How I Met Your Mother, in recent years, Odenkirk has spread out to more dramatic work.
After Breaking Bad, Odenkirk took more dramatic turns in films like The Spectacular Now, Nebraska, The Post, and Little Women. Not only is Nobody Bob Odenkirk’s first action film, but it’s also only his second film as a producer, after 2017’s Girlfriend’s Day. After almost thirty years as a comedian, the last few years Odenkirk has shown how great his range is and now, he’s showing he can be a movie star.
Nobody has been understandably shifted around quite a bit by Universal. Nobody was originally supposed to be released on August 14, 2020, and has moved back and forth for months, before finally settling on its current April 2, 2021 release date. As of right now, it seems that audiences will have to go to theaters to see Bob Odenkirk killing tons of guys, as it doesn’t look like Universal is planning for a concurrent digital release.
But simply watching Bob Odenkirk become an action star with Nobody seems reason enough to see this new action film. Odenkirk is phenomenal on Better Call Saul, and it will be great to see his range while he’s killing countless intruders and attackers. Odenkirk is going to Oden-kick the crap out of some bad guys on April 2, 2021.