A short teaser trailer for next year’s London Has Fallen has drawn criticism on social media for its timing, ahead of next week’s tenth anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist attacks.
London Has Fallen is a sequel to 2013 action movie Olympus Has Fallen, which saw terrorists attack the White House. Stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart are set to reprise their roles from the original. The new trailer depicts terrorist attacks on several areas of London, including Big Ben.
Criticism on social media has centred around the trailer release’s proximity to tenth anniversary memorials of the 7/7 attacks in London.
Philip Nelson, Chairman of The Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, told UK tabloid The Mirror that given recent events in Tunisia the scenes in the trailer were “the wrong images to portray.” The Trust was set up to commemorate the victims of the 2005 attacks.
30 British dead in Tunisia. 10th Anniversary of 7/7 next week. Today: trailer for #LondonHasFallen released. What bloody idiotic timing
Speaking of the movie’s plot, Mr Nelson also told The Mirror: “If the story is about terrorism then this is extremely insensitive. People have also recently died of a terrorist attack in Tunisia.”
The story has so far been picked up by several major news outlets, including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. At time of publication, Lionsgate UK have yet to comment on the criticism.
London Has Fallen will reportedly centre around world leaders gathering in London for the funeral of the UK Prime Minister, who has died in mysterious circumstances.
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