‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard & Salma Hayek Compete for Milliseconds

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Take a look at the trailer released for The Hummingbird Project, an upcoming film that finds Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård playing a pair of traders going to epic lengths to best their old boss (Salma Hayek).

High-Frequency Trading players Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) decide they’re going to build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, in a high-stakes game where winning is measured in milliseconds. It’s not going to be easy though; their powerful former boss Eva Torres (Hayek) will stop at nothing to beat them.

Skarsgård’s been nailing a number of strong performances over the last few years, and he looks to have another here. There’s an interesting mash up of tones here, balancing out humour with a financial heist flick. Fingers crossed for this one.

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen, who’s got an interesting-yet-underseen resume. His 2013 war-drama War Witch was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Hummingbird Project, also starring Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh and Ayisha Issa, hits US cinemas on March 15. Madman Films is releasing the film in Australia this year, although no release date has been announced as yet.

Official synopsis for The Hummingbird Project:

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game.

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