Release Date: Jan 12, 2024
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Jason Statham
Emmy Raver Lampman
The Beekeeper centers on a quest for vengeance. The film’s plot, which has been kept secret for a long time, will apparently revolve around Mr. Clay, a former special operator who now makes a living as a beekeeper. After the tragic suicide of a close friend and neighbor, Clay abandons his peaceful life and throws himself back into the activity of his operative days.
A neighbor of Mr. Clay’s commits suicide by shooting herself after losing her life’s savings in a phishing scam. Clay sets off on a spectacular mission of revenge for the woman he considers family. Miramax producer Bill Block has said that the film’s unique tale and focus on universal themes would have audiences on the edge of their seats.
After it is revealed that the protagonist was once an operator for the powerful and secretive group known as the “Beekeepers,” the stakes of his brutal mission for revenge escalate to a national level in The Beekeeper.
On October 4, 2023, MGM published a trailer for the film, giving audiences their first look at the chaotic cast and setting of The Beekeeper. Statham is shown in the trailer in all his action hero glory. Opening with Statham saying, “Everyone, I need your attention please,” the trailer then cuts to black. “I’m going to burn this place to the ground.” Amidst the subsequent mayhem and explosions, the film’s backstory—including Clay’s reasons for seeking vengeance—are revealed.
Statham’s beekeeper protagonist goes on a mission to destroy the corporation responsible for the death of Mrs. Parker, the only person who ever cared for Clay. But he soon learns that the con goes far further than that. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of a global web of intrigue with those who are out to get him hot on his trail.
It turns out that Clay isn’t your typical beekeeper, which is amusing given his post-retirement profession of choice. According to the promotional materials, he is a former operative for a program called “Beekeepers,” which operates independently of the traditional military command structure. “I guard the bee colony. Statham’s character declares, “When the system is out of balance, I correct it,” and the preview makes clear that he will do whatever it takes to make that happen. It looks like The Beekeeper is an exciting and fast-paced action flick, and the trailer reflects that.
The main character, Mr. Clay, will be played by Jason Statham. Given Statham’s familiarity in the genre, it is extremely probable the actor will perform exceptionally well in his role as the revenge-driven Mr. Clay. When the film’s cast was announced, producer Bill Block had this to say:
We are thrilled to be working with Jason on the first edition of this franchise because we have previously worked with him on Wrath of Man and Operation Fortune, and with David on Fury.
Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Bobby Naderi (Under the Shadow), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Phylicia Rashad (Creed), Minnie Driver (Chevalier), and Jeremy Irons (The Flash) are among the other actors who star alongside Statham. Mrs. Parker, the inspiration for Clay’s murderous intent, will be portrayed by Phylicia Rashad.
The latest work by Ayer is not something you would watch with your family. The Beekeeper has been rated “R” for “strong violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexual references, and drug use.” The film is currently under post-production and is scheduled for a January 12, 2024 theatrical release.