Birdman: New trailer featuring Michael Keaton as washed-up actor released

'You were a movie star - remember?'

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A new trailer has been released for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy about a washed-up actor looking to make a comeback.

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Michael Keaton, who is best known for starring as Batman in the early Nineties, plays Riggan Thomson in the meta film. 

The character rose to fame as superhero Birdman but at the film’s opening his past glories are firmly consigned to history.

At the start of the trailer, he asks: “How did we end up here?

“We had it all, you were a movie star – remember?”

Now, the “washed-up comic strip character” must overcome his ego and family troubles as he takes part in a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim what he has lost.

As the trailer picks up, Riggan says: “I got a chance to do something right, I gotta take it.

“Let’s go back one more time and show them what we’re made of.”

The film, which also stars Emma Stone as Riggan’s daughter, marks a more comic turn for its Mexican director, who is better known for his harder-hitting films Babel (2006) and Biutiful (2010).

Birdman is due to be released in the UK on 2 January 2015 in time for the awards season.

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