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Gerard Butler's 'London Has Fallen' Trailer Branded 'Insensitive' Following Its Release, Days Before 7/7 Bombings Anniversary

02/07/2015 10:18 BST | Updated 03/07/2015 13:59 BST

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Gerard Butler’s new film ‘London Has Fallen’ has been slammed for being “insensitive”, following the release of a new trailer, which shows the capital city being bombed, just days before the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.

The film - a sequel to 2013’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ - sees Butler reprise his role as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, as he fights a new attack on London.

However, the timing of the trailer’s release has been criticised by a leading organisation set up to remember the victims of 7/7.

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London is seen burning and crumbling in the trailer

Chair of The Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, Philip Nelson, told The Mirror: "This is not the first time that Hollywood has been insensitive.

"If the story is about terrorism then this is extremely insensitive. People have also recently died of a terrorist attack in Tunisia.

"I have seen an image of Big Ben with the clock face blown out, that's also insensitive.

"[Our Trust] has had lots of help from America so I just think that these are the wrong images to portray.”

He added: "Is the summer the best time to be promoting this film anyway?"

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london has fallen

These scenes have been branded 'insensitive' in light of the 7/7 anniversary

Twitter users also took to the social media site to blast the trailer:

The London terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005 killed 52 people and injured over 700, when bombs were detonated on three tubes and a bus across the city.

‘London Has Fallen’ is due for release in 2016.

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