See Bruce Willis Fight Christmas Goons In His Last Movie Before Retirement

Bruce Willis stars in Detective Knight: Redemption, the last movie he filmed before retiring due to health reasons.

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

A siren wails over the grungy city of New York in the opening image of the new Bruce Willis Detective Knight: Redemption trailer. Like the siren, many fans of the legendary actor will probably be wailing, too, since this film will be one of Bruce Willis’ final movies before the action star retires for good.

Detective Knight: Redemption is the sequel to Detective Knight: Rogue and the second film in the Detective Knight trilogy. In Rogue, Willis plays Detective Knight, a cop who is chasing after bank robbers who shot and killed his partner on Halloween night. When faced with the architect behind the robberies, Willis shoots him and is arrested for murder. 

Following the holiday theme of the first movie, Detective Knight: Redemption takes place the next Christmas. The new trailer shows that Knight is in custody after the conclusion of the first movie when he finds himself in the middle of a jailbreak led by The Christmas Bomber, the leader of a Santa-Clause-themed gang that has been terrorizing the city. Knight is promised a clean slate if he helps the police catch the terrorists.

The Bruce Willis’ Detective Knight series is directed by Edward Drake, who is known for Gasoline Alley, which also stars Willis. Drake also wrote the screenplay, along with Corey Large, who is also one of the main cast members and one of three producers. Randall Emmett and George Furla make up the rest of the producing team.

Bruce Willis’ Detective Knight series isn’t the only holiday-themed action flick to boast Willis’ name. Largely recognized as one of the best Christmas films ever, the 1988 action classic, Die Hard is what made Willis an action-hero superstar and a household name in the first place.

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

Unfortunately, Detective Knight will be Bruce Willis’ last appearance on the silver screen. In March 2022, Willis’ family announced in a post on Instagram that Willis had been diagnosed with aphasia, a disease that affects communication. Aphasia impacts speech and understanding of both written and spoken words and is often the result of a stroke. Because of the impact of his disease, the 67-year-old actor will no longer be able to continue his decades-long acting career.

In over thirty years on the silver screen, Willis has racked up a heck of a legacy to leave behind in his retirement. In addition to Die Hard and the Detective Knight series, Willis starred in other action classics like The Fifth Element, Pulp Fiction, and Lucky Number Slevin

But fans don’t have to say goodbye to the action star just yet as there is set to be one more film in Bruce Willis’ Detective Knight series. Detective Knight: Independence, the conclusion to the trilogy, has already been shot and will be released sometime next January. Following the theme of the previous two films, Independence will take place on Independence Day and follow Willis’ Detective Knight, stopping one more bad guy from wreaking havoc on the city.

Detective Knight: Redemption will hit theaters on December 9, 2022.