Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed the second trailer for the upcoming action thriller, V For Vendetta.

Written and produced by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy), the film stars Natalie Portman, James Purefoy, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith and Sinead Cusac.

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Hugo Weaving, who achieved international fame as Agent Smith in the revolutionary, $1.6 billion-grossing Matrix trilogy, has joined the cast of The Wachowski Brothers’ and Joel Silver’s production of the action-thriller V For Vendetta, starring as the title character, V, opposite Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episodes I-III, Closer, Garden Stage), who stars as Evey.

The international cast of V For Vendetta includes Stephen Rea (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) starring in the role of Finch, Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George) in the role of Dominic and Stephen Fry (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) in the role of Dietrich. Weaving replaces James Purefoy, who has left the production. The film is in production in Berlin, Germany, for worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Produced by Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, V For Vendetta is directed by James McTeigue.

Weaving, one of Australia’s most acclaimed actors, was seen in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings as Elrond, Lord of Rivendell In 1988 Weaving won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor for his work in The Interview, directed by Craig Monahan. In 1991 he won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor for his work in Proof, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. He also received an AFI Award nomination in 1994 for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, directed by Stephen Elliot.

Weaving’s other film credits include The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, Strange Planet, Bedrooms and Hallways, the critically acclaimed True Love and Chaos, Stephen Elliot’s Frauds, The Custodian, Paul Cox’s Exile, Reckless Kelly, Wendy Cracked a Walnut, The Right Hand Man, For Love Alone and The City’s Edge.

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante (Hugo Weaving) known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

The screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski is based on the acclaimed graphic novel V For Vendetta by Alan Moore (The Watchmen, From Hell) and illustrator David Lloyd. Originally collected by DC Comics as a ten-part series in 1988, V For Vendetta has been praised for its vision, potency and eloquence. Moore is widely considered to be one of the finest comic writers of all time, and has been credited with single-handedly expanding the potential of the comic book medium with his work.