Watch Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam Plot a Prison Escape in Exclusive ‘Papillon’ Clip
One of history’s greatest prison breaks is back on the big screen.
Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) plays Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a petty thief who is sent to the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island after being framed for murder.
On a ship bound for South America, Papillon forges an alliance with timid currency forger Louis Dega, who was sentenced to life for producing counterfeit bonds.
There, Papillon approaches him about his daring plan: he will protect Dega and a stash of money he has hidden if Dega will bankroll Papillon’s escape.
“You got a lot of eyes on you. I can keep you safe,” Papillon tells him in the clip. “All I need is enough money for your escape. It won’t be cheap, but you’ll be safe.”
“Said the scorpion to the frog,” Dega retorts.
“We’re all scorpions in here, pal,” Papillon says.
Papillon is based on on two autobiographies written by Henri “Papillon” Charrière himself. (Spoiler alert: he escaped!)
The books were the basis of the 1973 movie version of Papillon, which starred McQueen and Hoffman.
The new adaption is directed by Michael Noer (R, Northwest) and is slated to hit theaters on August 24.