VIDEO Colin Farrell is a psychic serial killer in the trailer for Solace

In serial killer thriller Solace Colin Farrell tries out his dark side as a murderer with Anthony Hopkins hot on his trail

Here's a weird one - a glossy-looking serial killer flick with Colin Farrell as the murderer and Anthony Hopkins as the psychic who is the only one who can catch him. The rest of the cast includes watchable sorts like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish and yet the film has been sitting on a shelf since it finished filming in 2013.

Here's the most recent trailer which was prepared for the cinema release in France. Hence the subtitles and text.

Things get even more bizarre when you dig into the history of the film, which goes as far back as 2002 when it was originally being shaped as a sequel to Se7en. That's right, David Fincher's seminal 1995 flick was set to get a follow-up, with Morgan Freeman returning as Detective Somerset for some more serial-killer thrills. The Solace script was bought and re-written for that story until those plans disappeared. In 2011, it resurfaced but now back in its original form as a story about a returned doctor with psychic abilities who works with the FBI on a case.

At that time, Hopkins was attached but it took a further two years to find a director, finally landing on Brazilian fellow Afonso Poyart. The film shot in the US in 2013 and has been in the Warner Bros vaults since then. In fact it still doesn't have a release date in America, thanks to the recent folding of its local distributor Relativity Media.

The only reason we're catching a glimpse of Solace now is because the wider distribution deals were already set, so it's getting a release in France on the 9th of September 2015 and should reach the UK and Ireland later that month.

And there's a very good chance it's going to be horrible, but it it might pick up some speed thanks to the presence of Farrell in both this and True Detective season 2.

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