AFI Fest’s ‘secret screening’ is Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’ will premiere Sunday night in the ‘secret screening’ slot at this year’s AFI Fest, festival organizers announced hours before the film’s debut.

The thriller stars mixed martial arts star Gina Carano as a covert operative being hunted by assassins. The movie — also featuring Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor — is Soderbergh’s 25th film and is set for release by Relativity Media in January. A question-and-answer session with the filmmaker and some cast members will follow the 9:30 p.m. screening at Grauman’s Chinese theater.

Last year, eventual best-picture nominee ‘The Fighter’ played in AFI Fest’s secret spot. The festival, which kicked off in Hollywood on Thursday, is offering free tickets to tonight’s 9:30 p.m. screening on a first-come, first-served basis at the AT&T Box Office in the Hollywood & Highland Center until 6 p.m. Sunday.



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