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Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev Go on a Manhunt in Action-Packed Trailer for The Bricklayer (Exclusive)

By Tommy McArdle

December 13, 2023

Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev are on a deadly international mission.

On Wednesday, Vertical shared the new trailer for the pair’s new movie The Bricklayer exclusively with PEOPLE. The film, based on the 2010 novel of the same name, follows Eckhart, 55, as former CIA operative Steve Vail who is coaxed out of retirement to help the agency pursue a villain who is framing the spy agency for the murders of foreign journalists.

The trailer meets 34-year-old Dobrev’s CIA agent character as she alerts her boss, played by Tim Blake Nelson, to the film’s villainous assassin. The pair fly out to meet Steve and convince him to return to the agency and bring the killer in.

Steve and Dobrev’s character travel to Greece to investigate the murders, and an already dangerous situation grows continually more deadly as Steve finds uses for his bricklaying tools even in fight-or-die scenarios.

Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev Go on a Manhunt in Action-Packed Trailer for The Bricklayer.
Nina Dobrev and Aaron Eckhart in ‘The Bricklayer’. COURTESY OF VERTICAL

“As other nations begin turning against the U.S., the CIA must lure Steve Vail – their most brilliant and rebellious operative – out of retirement,” reads an official synopsis for the movie. “With an elite and deadly skill set, Vail is tasked with helping clear the agency’s name, forcing him to confront his checkered past while unraveling an international conspiracy.”

Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev Go on a Manhunt in Action-Packed Trailer for The Bricklayer.
Nina Dobrev in ‘The Bricklayer’. COURTESY OF VERTICAL

The Bricklayer is directed by Renny Harlin, who is is currently working on three upcoming sequels to the 2008 horror film The Strangers starring Riverdale‘s Madelaine Petsch, per Deadline‘s reporting. He is also making another upcoming movie with Eckhart titled Deep Water.

Screenwriters Hannah Weg and Matt Johnson wrote the action-thriller based on the story by Paul Lindsay, who wrote The Bricklayer novel under the pseudonym Noah Boyd.

Aside from Eckhart, Nelson and Dobrev, The Bricklayer‘s cast also includes Clifton Collins Jr. and Ilfenesh Hadera. Eckhart most recently starred in the 2023 movies Rumble Through the Dark, Muzzle and Ambush. Dobrev starred in Netflix’s action-comedy The Out-Laws this year, as well as in the comedy Sick Girl. The Bricklayer releases in theaters and digitally on Jan. 5, 2024.

The Estate of Paul Lindsay is repped by attorney Rob Szymanski.