What was once thought to be a secret sequel is now a very elaborate Super Bowl commercial, and somehow it doesn’t really feel like less of a movie. A new trailer for Dundee has Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth starring alongside a host of Australian actors who signed on for the project. Between Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, and Luke Bracey, this trailer is basically a who’s who of Aussie stars, and suddenly I wish Dundee were a real movie. Sort of.
And while this admittedly convincing commercial/prank did have a lot of us stumped for a while, there’s still a few glaring issues with this trailer that separate it from a real movie. In addition to the fact that almost none of the stars actually share any screen time, I noticed something pretty funny at the very end of the video that will definitively prove this project to be a hoax, even to the angry minority of fans who are still convinced this movie might be real. While this might not seem like damning evidence at first glance, it’s actually what sealed the deal for me, because there was still a .02% part of my brain that thought this could be real.
But when the trailer cuts to credits, we see this:
You see this at the end of every trailer, and on the bottom of every poster, but what is it? This little pile of text is called a “billing block,” and movie studios have been using them for decades to credit cast and crew members in anticipation of a film’s release. Go watch any trailer right now and you’ll probably see something like this, with a list of names you’ve never heard of doing jobs you don’t care about. The difference between those billing blocks and this one become pretty clear when you learn that assembling a billing block is no arbitrary task.
According to a 2013 piece in the New York Times, writer Ben Schott describes billing blocks as “the product of detailed legal agreements and intense contract negotiation.” In other words, not a group of actors listed in the order in which they appeared in the trailer. Dundee‘s billing block doesn’t even have a writer or director credited, let alone one of the many crew members that must legally be credited on the billing block of any legitimate film production. So, I sincerely apologize to the few of you who still think you’re going to see Dundee on June 1st, but this is most definitely a publicity stunt.
But hey, with a $30 million dollar budget and this many stars, the Super Bowl commercial is probably going to be amazing. It’s definitely going to be longer than 30 seconds, and hopefully, we get a lot more of Margot Robbie starting trouble at a bar and Russell Crowe speaking dramatically in dim lighting. The only person we haven’t seen thus far is Crocodile Dundee himself. But we won’t have to wait long, according to this set photo from the Dundee production. They’ll find him.
Be sure to check out the Dundee trailer at the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4th!
Images: Rimfire Films