5 Things to Know Before Seeing 'Logan Lucky'

5:30 AM 8/17/2017

by Ashley Lee

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig star in the hillbilly heist with a mysterious screenwriter and a few NASCAR cameos.

  • What’s It About?

    Steven Soderbergh directs the heist comedy, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two West Virginia brothers who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They try to steal from the cash-filled annual event as an attempt to reverse a family curse.

  • Who’s In It?

    Alongside Tatum, as a heavy equipment operator who has lost his job and his wife, and Driver, as his Iraq War vet brother who has a prosthetic lower left arm, is a star-studded cast, complete with Southern accents. Daniel Craig plays as a man known for blowing up bank vaults and is currently behind bars, and Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan are race car drivers. Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Katherine Waterston are Tatum’s onscreen sister, ex-wife and former classmate, respectively, and Hilary Swank pops in as a special agent who tries to get to the bottom of the heist.

    Many scenes of the movie were captured at the actual Coca-Cola 600 race in 2016 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, while close-up race sequences were shot at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Additionally, six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film.

  • Who Wrote It?

    Logan Lucky is Soderbergh’s first feature film in four years, and at first glance, it seems like he took a chance on a first-time screenwriter named Rebecca Blunt. Yet multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that no such writer exists. Some suppose it’s a pseudonym for Soderbergh's wife Jules Asner or former Talk Soup host John Henson, or even Soderbergh himself, as he has previously used pseudonyms to shoot and edit Magic Mike XXL. Regardless, no one named Blunt ever visited the set, yet the screenwriter is said to have exchanged emailed with Tatum, Driver and Craig.

  • How Are the Reviews?

    Logan Lucky currently boasts a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. THR’s reviewdescribed the movie as “a redneck Ocean's Eleven. … Soderbergh has made the sort of breezy, unpretentious, just-for-fun film that scarcely exists anymore, one almost anyone could enjoy. … This loose and shambling tale with a very attractive cast is highlighted by a wonderfully wacky, show-stealing turn by Daniel Craig as a down-home career criminal.” Altogether, “this is a good-times film that doesn't put on airs, dress to impress or pretend to be something it isn't. It just aims to please, and does a pretty good job of it.”

  • Is It a Hit?

    The title from Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing is tracking to gross around $8 million during its opening weekend — a notoriously tough period in the summer box-office season — although there's plenty of room for upside, especially due to its strong reviews.

    The wide release debuts opposite Liongate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Also opening in limited theaters are Samuel Goldwyn's L.A. riots movie Gook, Magnolia's indie comedy Lemon, FilmRise's hologram-packed dramedy Marjorie Prime, Fox Searchlight's suburban rap tale Patti Cake$ and IFC's true-life drama Crown Heights.