‘The Hangover Part III': New Photos and Details from the Director

NEW YORK | Monday, December 17th, 2012 10:11pm EDT

The first official images of The Hangover Part III have emerged online, featuring a first look at the gang’s return to Las Vegas, where the adventure first started in a tiger-infested hotel room.

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The Hangover Part III is Alan’s story,” says director Todd Phillips of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.” In theaters May 24, this installment brings the group together when something from the first movie comes back to haunt them. But Vegas is just one of their stops… Photo: Entertainment Weekly

A bachelor party or wedding may no longer be in the works, but it looks like the Wolfpack is heading back to Las Vegas to manage a little mischief in the upcoming third installment of “The Hangover.”

Last month, director Todd Phillips shared a gaggle of behind the scenes images from the sequel, but these two stills count as our first real look at the third and probably final installment in this R-rated comedy franchise.

Entertainment Weekly revealed not only two new photos from the film—including one where we see Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha), walking through Vegas in a Fab-Four-style line-up—but also a few clues on its mysterious storyline, as dropped by the movie’s director, Todd Phillips.

Meanwhile, director Todd Phillips has dropped a few tidbits on what we can expect from the third film, explaining that the focus will fall largely on everyone’s favourite beardy buffoon, Alan.

He has already confessed the story will differ from the format of the first two, and that the movie will kick off with the funeral of Alan’s father, played by Jeffrey Tambor.

The Hangover Part III is Alan’s story,” says director Todd Phillips of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.” In theaters May 24, this installment brings the group together when something from the first movie comes back to haunt them. But Vegas is just one of their stops…

The director also promised the film, although different in template from the first two, will be a ‘fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.’

Ken Jeong’s increasingly deranged Leslie Chow will also be making a return, seen in one of the new images brandishing a gun and a sheriff’s badge. “He’s darker than ever,” confirms Phillips, ominously.

According to the Daily Mail, apart from the four stars, Heather Graham is also said to make a comeback, while Melissa McCarthy is rumoured to make a guest appearance.

But boxing legend Mike Tyson, who had a cameo in the former two films, has revealed he won’t be displaying his singing skills in the upcoming film.

The Screen Rant writes, Phillips’ original movie sees Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zack Galifianakis) running around Vegas, after a night of inebriated debauchery leaves their groom-to-pal Doug (Justin Bartha) missing. It was a surprise smash hit back in 2009 and so, a sequel was quickly assembled in the hopes of bottling lightning a second time.

The second movie, The Hangover Part II, has been widely criticized for its familiar, basically recreating the first movie’s story beat for beat in a different setting, Thailand.  For the third go-around, it appears that the story will actually deviate from the formula, as there is no ticking-clock wedding or raucous bachelor party in the set-up.  Instead, Entertainment Weekly teases that the central characters reunite “when something from the first movie comes back to haunt them.”

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