Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” is AFI Fest “Secret Screening”

By Sean O’Connell Sunday evening’s “Secret Screening” at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles will be Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Haywire,” an action thriller starring Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and mixed martial arts star Gina Carano. The screening will take place tonight, Nov. 6, at 9:30 p.m. in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In the film, according to an official studio synopsis, Carano plays Mallory Kane, a “highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious – and dangerous – trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.”

Relativity Media plans to release “Haywire” on Jan. 20, 2012, so the AFI screening will serve as the de facto world premiere. Soderbergh is expected to enter the end-of-the-year awards race for his most recent film, “Contagion,” which came out in September.

AFI Fest says admission to “Haywire” is available to AFI FEST 2011 pass holders. A Rush Line will begin forming at 8:30 p.m. PT

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