“I never knew I needed this”: Dev Patel’s John Wick Styled Monkey Man Releases First Trailer in Actor’s Directorial Debut

Dev Patel's Monkey Man marks his first time behind the director's chair.

“I never knew I needed this”: Dev Patel’s John Wick Styled Monkey Man Releases First Trailer in Actor’s Directorial Debut


  • John Wick is one of the best action franchises of all time for many fans, and is an expanding universe.
  • Dev Patel's Monkey Man finally got its first trailer out today.
  • The film will mark his directorial debut and fans loved it on social media.
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John Wick made its way into the world of Cinema with the first film in 2014. Since then, the franchise has spawned three more films, all of which have seen many positive reviews and Box Office success. Starring Keanu Reeves, the franchise has seen Reeves, a former hitman, get dragged into the underworld again, leaving many bodies in every movie. Interestingly enough, Dev Patel’s Monkey Man had its first trailer dropped today and its John Wick-inspired action impressed fans.

Keanu Reeves as John Wick
John Wick

John Wick 4 was the last film released in the franchise, released earlier last year. The franchise’s influence on films in general cannot be understated, as quite a few movies have borrowed heavily from it now.

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Dev Patel’s Monkey Man Finally Gets Its First Trailer

Dev Patel in Monkey Man
A still from Monkey Man

Dev Patel is set to make his directorial debut with the action-packed revenge tale Monkey Man, scheduled for theatrical release by Universal Pictures on April 5. Produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Patel also stars in the film as Kid, an anonymous young man surviving in an underground fight club where, nightly, wearing a gorilla mask, he endures beatings for cash from more popular fighters. The movie draws inspiration from the Hindu deity Hanuman.

In case you didn’t know, the first trailer for Monkey Man dropped today. The trailer for Monkey Man reveals intense and brutal action reminiscent of a John Wick movie. Dev Patel’s character embarks on a vengeance quest, employing gunfire, stabbings, and brutal confrontations with gunmen. Notably, there’s a scene where he ruthlessly stabs a man through the neck while holding a knife between his teeth.

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Dev Patel’s Monkey Man Trailer Got Solid Reactions From Fans

Dev Patel smiling in this photo
Dev Patel

As mentioned above, Dev Patel’s Monkey Man displayed a lot of John Wick-like goodness and this resonated with fans in a big way, as they all took to Twitter and shared their excitement for the upcoming flick.



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Dev Patel directs Monkey Man based on his original story and screenplay co-written with Paul Angunawela and John Collee. Initially slated for Netflix, the film is now set for theatrical release through Monkeypaw’s film deal with Universal Pictures. The cast features Sharlto Copley, Sobhita Dhulipala, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte, Sikandar Kher, and Makarand Deshpande. We’ll have to wait and see how the film will turn out in the end.


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

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Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.