Jon Hamm’s going to Beirut, and man, do we love Jon Hamm! Ever since his stint on Mad Men, and then accentuated by his turns in comedies (BridesmaidsWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Spongebob Squarepants [as Don Grouper]etc), and especially because of his role in Black Mirror‘s “White Christmas” special, we are solidly on Team Hamm. If you take his acting, then add in Brad Anderson directing (Session 9) and Tony Gilroy writing (Michael Clayton), you have the ingredients for a great suspenseful drama that we will watch with our eyeballs.

Check out Hamm as a professional negotiator in the Beirut TrailerTown and then read our Top 5 thoughts below:

  1. 15 Seconds to Fame – Within the first 15 seconds of this TrailerTown, we were already put on our guard. We won’t spoil what happens but rest assured, we weren’t prepared for it and it’s rare a movie trailer can capture us that fast.
  2. It Takes a Village – We’ve already talked about our love of Jon Hamm, so instead of doing that again, let’s highlight how excited we are by some of these supporting names: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Shea Whigham (pretty much everything you’ve seen), and Mark Pellegrino (The Big Lebowski, Supernatural) round out a strong supporting cast.
  3. Hidden Motives – Sure, Jon Hamm’s character is trying to negotiate the return of an American hostage in Beirut, but more than that, it seems like the US government may have more at stake than what’s disclosed, as well as Hamm’s characters motivations for seeing this deal through may hinge on a previous personal tragedy. Let the secrets begin!
  4. Bleeker St, Beirut – You may have noticed the production company name Bleeker Street show up at the beginning and end of this TrailerTown, but you may not know the kind of quality movies they put out. Here’s a short list: Trumbo, Logan Lucky, Captain Fantastic, Beasts of No Nation, The Lost City of Z, and Elvis & Nixon, to name a few.
  5. ‘SPLOSIONS! – What’s a good war drama without some good explosions (answer: The Thin Red Line). Well, this movie seems to have them in spades. Buckle in for some knuckle-biting negotiations, just keep your head down for the shrapnel.

There you have it, all our arguments for seeing Beirut when it drops in April. You’re free to list your counter-arguments in the comments (that’s how negotiations work), but we feel like, unless this movie goes the way of The Peacemaker, it’ll be one to watch this year.