When you think of actor Jude Law, the words “supreme badass” most likely don’t come to mind. It’s understand, too—the handsome, debonair Brit often plays good guys and pretty-boy types. But wait until you see him in the new dark crime comedy Dom Hemingway (opening in theaters this Friday).
Playing the title character, Law is a wrecking ball in writer-director Richard Shepherd’s impressive, scrappy character study about an arrogant, swaggering safecracker fresh out of prison after 12 years behind bars. Back on the streets of London, Dom sets out to claim a hefty cash sum he’s been owed by the illegally minded boss-man Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bichir), but Dom’s no-cares-in-the-world attitude quickly screws everything up. Even worse, that demeanor continues to distance Dom from his estranged, now grown-up daughter, Evelyn (Emilia Clarke, a.k.a. Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragon, the Khaleesi).
One of the biggest surprises we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, Dom Hemingway is often hilarious and always entertaining. It’s also a major revelation in terms of Jude Law’s performance, easily one of the best of 2014 so far and one that will terminate any of those “Law’s a pretty boy” claims right quick. Have a look at six exclusive images from the film, in the gallery above, and be on the lookout for the nearest theater playing Dom Hemingway this weekend.