Released this week was the first trailer for the action-thriller Man on a Ledge starring Aussie Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation). Directed by up-and-comer Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) this film looks to take us to new heights (terrible pun I know) and leave us clinging to the ledge of our seats (wow, that was even worse!). So will Man on a Ledge deliver on my truly terrible puns? Check out the trailer after the jump.

Worthington plays a disgraced ex-cop who climbs out onto the window ledge of a high-rise in New York City. He soon finds himself surrounded by onlookers, camera crews and the police. When the world learns of his true identity, he uses the opportunity to protest his innocence and set up the man (Ed Harris) he claims to have framed him… or so it seems.

Hollywood puff piece or high end thriller?… only time will tell.

Enjoy! (and check out the very cool vertigo-inducing poster below)

Man on a Ledge looks to me like a cross between Phone Booth and Inside Man (both great films), so it could be quite entertaining. Ed Harris is fantastic in absolutely everything, so I will watch this for that reason alone. Elizabeth Banks is an interesting choice as the lead negotiator but, by the looks of it, she might just pull it off.

Unfortunately the supposed ‘teaser’ trailer doesn’t tease at all, and shows us way too much – so this is probably all you need to see of the film before deciding whether to go (or not). I’m hoping Man on a Ledge provides us with some interesting twists, aside from what we’ve not seen in the trailer, to keep us guessing right until the very end. Fingers crossed.

Does this look like your sort of thing? Or do you think it’ll be all style and no substance? What’s your favourite Ed Harris film?

An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.

Directed by Asger Leth, the cast includes Sam Worthington, Genesis Rodriguez, Elizabeth Banks (Zack & Miri Make a Prono), Ed Harris (The Abyss, A History of Violence), Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Kyra Sedgwick (TV’s The Closer) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot).

Man on a Ledge hits our shores on January 12, 2012, before the hitting US theaters on January 13.