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Mel Gibson returns in trailer for action flick 'Blood Father'

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Karen Butler
Actor Mel Gibson attends the premiere of the motion picture thriller Mad Max: Fury Road in Los Angeles on May 7, 2015. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor Mel Gibson attends the premiere of the motion picture thriller "Mad Max: Fury Road" in Los Angeles on May 7, 2015. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Icon Australia has released the trailer for the latest Mel Gibson action-thriller Blood Father.

Helmed by French filmmaker Jean-Fran├žois Richet, the film co-stars Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, William H. Macy, Thomas Mann and Elisabeth Rohm.

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It is expected to open in theaters Aug. 25.

The profanity-laced clip introduces Gibson as ex-con, tattoo artist John Link, who breaks parole to protect his once-missing daughter from violent drug dealers against the backdrop of the American Southwest.

Gibson, 60, is an actor, director, producer and Oscar winner known for his films The Passion of the Christ, The Patriot, Braveheart, and the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max film franchises.

He was most recently seen on-screen in 2014 in the aging action-hero, ensemble flick The Expendables 3. The last film he directed was 2006's Apocalypto and he won an Oscar for Best Director for 1995's Braveheart.

Gibson has stayed out of the limelight in recent years after controversial racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks he made on various occasions sparked a backlash from colleagues and fans.

The actor has publicly apologized for his behavior, which also included a drunk-driving arrest and allegations of domestic violence from the mother of his youngest child, explaining that he was angry and/or drunk at the times of the incidents. Some longtime, famous friends such as director George Miller, actress Jodie Foster and actor Robert Downey Jr. have continuously stood by him and vouched for his character despite his myriad scandals.

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