At long last, it’s here. The eagerly, agonizingly anticipated sequel to the Boston-based cult action film Boondock Saints is coming to theaters on October 30.
“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day … is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery),” according to the film synopsis. “The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible.”
The film will be familiar but not exactly the same. Poor “Rocco” (David Della Rocco) was killed off in the last movie, so the saints add a new partner and new comic relief in Clifton Collins Jr, but David Della Rocco is credited in the film, so we’ll see if that’s just a flashback or more, but at 1:38 in the trailer, you do see what appears to be Rocco, himself, for a split second.
Willem Dafoe is not in the sequel, but his self-hating, gay, cross-dressing FBI agent character is replaced by Julie Benz, in the biggest role ever for the mostly TV and video game actress who’s in the show “Dexter.”
Judd Nelson plays Concezio Yakavetta, the revenge-seeking son of the saint’s old enemy, mafia boss Papa Joe Yakavetta.
Billy Connolly is back as the father, and the original Boston Police Department detectives, including Boston comedian Bob Marley are back.
And, of course, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are back as the saints.
Original murmurs about the Boondock Saints sequel had them going to New York, instead of Boston. It appears that they’re rightly back in Beantown, however.
By the way, in case you need a reminder how bloody old you’ve gotten, Boondock Saints came out in 1999. That’s 10 years ago, kids.
P.S. The song in the trailer is “The Saints Are Coming” by The Skids. U2 and Green Day covered it after Hurricane Katrina.