It’s always a pleasant surprise when a movie you hadn’t even heard of suddenly drops a trailer from out of nowhere and is able to generate instant enthusiasm. Before today I hadn’t heard the name Joe Cornish, but it’s pretty clear that I’m going to be hearing it plenty more in the near future. Cornish is a friend and collaborator of Edgar Wright, and true to form, his directorial debut Attack the Block is another genre comedy with a cheeky British sensibility. It also happens to star Nick Frost and is produced by the same folks who did Shaun of the Dead.
The story finds alien invaders attempting to take over a London ghetto, only to encounter resistance from a group of young teenage thugs. Just like the tagline says: Inner City vs. Outer Space. Although it’s one of a hundred different alien invasion movies coming out right now, I can easily say I’m a lot more excited about this than the upcoming Simon Pegg / Nick Frost comedy Paul. Attack the Block will premiere at SXSW in March, and it hits theatres in the UK on May 11th. A U.S. release date is still TBA. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.