Don’t look now, but we’ve got a pair of competing White House invasion movies headed our way this year, one directed by Antoine Fuqua and the other directed by Roland Emmerich. As is usually the case with dueling projects of this nature, it seems like the first one to hit theatres will probably be the lesser of the two — in this case, we’re talking about Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen. What makes this one look worse than White House Down? Well for starters, it happens to star Gerard Butler in the lead role.
Judging by the first trailer, it looks like a relatively mediocre Die Hard clone. A group of terrorists take over and a disgraced former Presidential guard (Butler) is left alone behind enemy lines with a chance to redeem himself. The most surprising thing about this trailer is the fact that Morgan Freeman does not play the President; instead Aaron Eckhart has that honour. Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster also appear. Olympus Has Fallen hits theatres on March 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.