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First trailer drops for Bryan Cranston's The Infiltrator, filmed around Tampa Bay

Actors Said Taghmaoui and Bryan Cranston discuss a scene while filming The Infiltrator at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in 2015.

Cherie Diez, Times photographer

Actors Said Taghmaoui and Bryan Cranston discuss a scene while filming The Infiltrator at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in 2015.

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Moviegoers are getting a peek at Tampa Bay's latest foray into big-time filmmaking.

The first trailer dropped Tuesday for The Infiltrator, a true crime thriller starring Bryan Cranston, principally filmed around the area in 2015. Cranston plays undercover U.S. customs agent Robert Mazur, a Tampa resident whose memoirs are adapted for director Brad Furman's film.

The two-minute preview begins with Cranston as Mazur, arriving home to his wife (Amy Ryan) after an undercover mission, burning his fake IDs in a barbecue grill. Later, she'll urge him to make the next dangerous assignment his last.

That mission - "the biggest bust in U.S. history" - gets spelled out in a brisk montage: Track down the money laundering racketeer (Benjamin Bratt) enabling drug kingpin Pablo Escobar to flood the U.S. with cocaine. Mazur is paired with a partner named Abreu (John Leguizamo) too reckless for his taste, and soon with an attractive rookie agent (Diane Kruger) posing as his fiancee.

"You gotta play with them, you gotta drink with them, you gotta do what you gotta do, man," Abrea tells Mazur. That apparently involves some vaguely Scarface activities - flashy cars, women and guns - leaving Cranston gape-mouthed, like a man in over his head.

A couple of recognizable Tampa Bay landmarks are spotted; Derby Lane, Port Tampa Bay at sundown. Much of the action shown occurs inside fancy homes and an airport hangar.

Looks like The Infiltrator could be fun, no matter where it was filmed. The movie is slated to open nationwide on July 15, in the heat of summer movie season.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:40pm]

    

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