While Guy Ritchie is best known for his tongue-in-cheek action comedies, his next film is completely serious. The Covenant (which includes the director's name, possibly to differentiate it from the 2006 horror movie of the same name) features a non-winking Jake Gyllenhaal as Sgt. John Kinley. While serving in Afghanistan, his unit is ambushed. But Kinley survives thanks to his interpreter Ahmed (Dal Salim). Kinley returns home but Ahmed is left high-and-dry by the U.S. military, with a bounty on his head from the Taliban. Determined to repay his debt, Kinley returns to the war zone as a one-man search-and-rescue team.
In this first look at the film, co-writer and director Guy Ritchie calls the story "an inspiring concept of what one person's prepared to do for another when push comes to shove." And while Gyllenhaal promises exciting action, he claims the film will stick with audiences because "at the heart of it is a real relationship."
Check out the first look below.
Guy Ritchie's The Covenant opens in theaters on April 21.