Evangeline Lilly got her start on Lost back in the early 2000s though since then has been involved in two of the more major film franchises around, playing a couple of different cool characters. Now, she’s starring in a role a bit outside of those she’s played in the past. It looks like a film that grounds itself in plenty of action but also tells the broader story of the opioid pandemic in the United States. Take a look at the first trailer for CRISIS and Lilly’s transformation into a slightly different look than what we are used to seeing her on-screen.
CRISIS follows a number of different characters in and around the opioid, well, crisis in America. It ranges from the highest levels on the pharmaceutical business all the way down to some of the families affected. In it, Evangeline Lily plays a mother whose son has gone missing. He was wrapped up in delivering a shipment of drugs, but ended up being caught and ultimately killed. It looks like she’s a mother on a mission to unlock the mystery of what happened to her kid and expose those behind the corruption.
Joining Evangeline Lilly in CRISIS is an excellent cast that helps range out a number of different stories around this central issue. Armie Hammer plays an intelligence officer who is also working undercover to expose a large cartel of opioid dealers. Meanwhile, Gary Oldman plays a university doctor who discovers there’s something hinky going on with the manufacturing of a new “miracle” drug that might have terrible side effects. He comes at odds with his boss, played by Greg Kinnear over whether he should become a whistleblower. Michell Rodrguez, Luke Evans, and Kid Cudi also get in on the action.
For director Nicholas Jarecki, this is his first feature film since 2012’s Arbitrage. That film, starring Richard Gere, earned rave reviews from critics and made it appear the director was going to become a mainstay in the industry. It told the story of another kind of corruption, this time on the financial side with Gere’s character a hedge fund manager who also is trying to cover up a murder. The film had a ton of intrigue, something Jarecki is no doubt trying to recreate here. Having a great cast like Evangeline Lilly, Hammer, and Oldman, etc should help things along.
Evangeline Lilly is fresh off major turns on a couple of blockbuster franchises. Of course, she played the Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s set to reprise the role again, once again teaming up with Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which is headed for screens in 2022. And don’t forget she played Tauriel in the final two installments of The Hobbit franchise.
Besides CRISIS which is set to hit screens on February 26, 2021, Evangeline Lilly is set to star alongside Jason Sudeikis in Till Death. That’s also due out this year. The actress continues to make star turns and CRISIS looks like it should be an action-packed thriller.