The first full-length trailer for Snatch: The TV Series has arrived and chances are that if you were a fan of Guy Ritchie’s original film you are going to be tearing your hair out over this.
Made back in 2000 as the follow-up to his critically-lauded Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch helped cement Guy Ritchie’s status as a major Hollywood player.
Quite what Crackle, Sony’s streaming service and the production company behind the show, is hoping to achieve with this 10-episode series is anyone’s guess.
An official plot synopsis offers up a snapshot of what to expect, which would appear to be a series of outdated London gangster clichés that would have been relevant back in 2000 – when the original movie was made:
“Inspired by a real-life heist in London, Snatch centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters, and local villains descend.”
Nicholas Renton is directing all 10 episodes, having previously worked on Lewis, Silent Witness, Inspector George Gently and Agatha Christie’s Marple.
And if you think that sounds underwhelming, wait until you heard who has been cast.
First up there’s Rupert Grint, Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley, as Charlie Cavendish a character described as “dynamic, frustratingly chaotic, and utterly posh.”
He’s going up against an American gangster type called Sonny Castillo, played by Gossip Girl heartthrob Ed Westwick, who appears to be doing a very bad Tony Montana impression in the trailer.
Oh and let’s not forget Dougray Scott, a man who has been reduced to these kinds of TV appearances having missed out on the chance to play Wolverine prior to the casting of Hugh Jackman.
Quite what Guy Ritchie thinks of the whole thing is anyone’s guess, but he has been here before. A Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells TV series was previously produced for Channel 4, which loaded took an in-depth look back at a few months ago.
It lasted just a single series and is currently available for just under £8 on Amazon.
Snatch: The Series debuts on Crackle on Thursday March 16, which is absolutely free to use.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.