While not quite as difficult to believe as a 25-years-later sequel to Tron, it's still pretty surprising to lay eyes on the honest-to-god trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 hit by Robert Rodriguez based on Frank Miller's black-and-white Dark Horse graphic novel series. A prequel (of sorts... the timelines are complex, ok) to the first film, A Dame to Kill For stars Eva Green in the title role and is adapted from what might be Miller's most intensely dark and violent Sin City yarn of all.


Originally serialized from 1993-1994 and available ever since as a complete graphic novelA Dame To Kill For remains one of the grimmest and bloodiest tales of the Sin City canon. The story stars antihero Dwight, played in this film by Josh Brolin. The eponymous “dame” is Ava (Eva Green), an old flame who’s now married to a depraved millionaire. Ava begs Dwight to take her back, and when he sees her menaced by her husband’s brutish bodyguard, Dwight’s compelled to rescue her. Hooking up with the invincible Marv (Mickey Rourke), Dwight raids the luxurious home of Ava’s cruel husband, confronts him and kills him.

Sadly, it turns out that the whole thing was a setup orchestrated by Ava to drive her foolish ex Dwight into killing her gross husband so she could inherit his fortune! Ava proceeds to shoot Dwight a few million times, including once in the head, and leaves him a bloody mess in the street before telling the cops that he’s a crazy jealous murderer who dispatched her beloved husband in cold blood. Also she sleeps with one of the cops. Dwight’s nursed back to health by his other ex, the dominatrix Gail (played by Rosario Dawson), whose army of “Old Town girls” (prostitutes) includes plastic surgeons who provide Dwight with a new face (Clive Owen's, actually, as seen in the first Sin City film, which takes place after this new one). After he’s recovered, Dwight teams up with Old Town’s resident ninja protector Miho (played by Devon Aoki in the first film, Jamie Chung in this new one) to revenge himself upon Ava.

Given the enormous amount of pure noir nastiness in the story, it was imperative that filmmakers identify the right leading lady to play Miller's ultimate femme fatale. Angelina Jolie was rumored to be the filmmakers’ first choice for many years, but Miller and Rodriguez finally found their Ava in Green, best known for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For opens August 22 in the United States.

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