New Netflix Original Film ‘Wheelman’

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On October 20th Netflix is releasing a new Original title under the name ‘Wheelman’. The action, thriller will follow a getaway driver played by Frank Grillo and feature many great cars. 

If you are an Action fan who liked The Transporter you should be in for a treat with this new Netflix Original. A no-nonsense getaway driver played by Frank Grillo slowly comes to the conclusion that he has been double-crossed during a daring bank robbery, and now must do all he can to save the ones he loves. The tagline “One more drive, then he’s out.” might sound a little corny and non-original, but from the trailer, it definitely looks interesting and if you love films like Drive, Speed and Bullitt it’s a no-brainer. Another ‘Man and his car’ film that did quite well recently was the hit film Baby Driver starring Ansel Elgort.

Netflix is clearly capitalising on this car trend, which is defiantly nothing to complain about if it means we get an awesome car film. For those hardcore car fans, it appears that Frank’s character is driving an old BMW E46, and we even get a slight glimpse of a Porsche.

The film has been written and directed by Jeremy Rush, this is his first feature film production, and by far his biggest work to date. Don’t fear though, some of the shorts he’s directed have been received well, and we’re sure Netflix has made a great choice.

You may recognise the lead actor Frank Grillo from a number of different things, including the TV series Kingdom, where he plays as a retired MMA fighter. He has also stared in the Captain America films, along with The Purge: Anarchy. Frank is no stranger to gritty roles which makes him perfect for such a project.

It’s clear from the trailer that the film is quite serious and gritty compared with some other action films released this year, a lot of which are tilting towards more comedic aspects. It’s a title that should not be overlooked come October 20th.

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Alex Hirlam has been a contributor to What's on Netflix and provided weekly roundups for Australia and Canada as well as other features. Alex came to What's on Netflix for an apprenticeship where he spent a year and a half maintaining the libraries of the two regions as well as contributing content. Resides in Norwich, UK.