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John Wick 2 kicks off filming this week with actor Keanu Reeves back in the fray as the title character and director Chad Stahelski at the helm. Things have been sizzling for the last few months with the film's start in New York City in recent months, and now we're off to an even greater start with some casting news.
The plot is currently nil but The Wrap now reports that Run All Night co-star Common will star as the muscle for a female principle villainess who wants our protagonist dead; the actress cast for said villainess currently remains unknown. The first film, directed by Stahelski and David Leitch, both veteran stunt coordinators hailing from 87 Eleven Action Design, was a festival and theatrical favorite in late 2014, focusing on Reeves as a former hitman who avenges his late wife's legacy by taking on the Russian mob.
Stahelski sits solo for this one with Basil Ilwaynk producing and J.J. Perry coordinating the action while Leitch prepares to helm Focus Features' spy thriller, The Coldest City on location in Europe.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
If you think Lionsgate is done blowing your collective minds into the stratosphere and beyond with all things John Wick, you couldn't be more wrong. Point in fact, with a comic book and a television series spin-off brewing, it turns out that the studio is ready to make the world of the titular assasin a whole lot bigger.
The word now is Ballerina - such is the title of the script acquired by Lionsgate in a bidding war against other studios last week. The project is described as a tonal nod to Luc Besson's 1990s action movie fervor with La Femme Nikita, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized treatment akin to the work of Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.
Story details haven't been made public, save for the plot generally centered on a young woman raised as an assassin and subsequently sets out to murder her family's equally trained killers. The sale of the script is a milestone success for fledgling screenwriter, 23-year old Shay Hatten, a Loyola Marymount's Scho…
Rest assured, the martial arts fan demographic is still reeling over catching Tony Jaa aligned with some of the best of the best in Jesse Johnson's upcoming thriller, Triple Threat. That film comes in 2018 and its going to be a sight to see when it arrives while this year has already proven itself fruitful in its promise for the genre with films like the new action crime pic, Paradox, opening next month in theaters and now has a new trailer to show for it.
The film marks Wilson Yip's return to the helm for the project, also branded as an addition to the non-linear Sha Po Lang saga of crime titles with Jaa joining actors Louis Koo and Wu Yue for the story of a Hong Kong cop whose tumultuous search for his missing daughter exposes a bigger conspiracy when footage of her kidnapping is uploaded to the police mainframe and subsequently deleted. Soi Cheang and Paco Wong produced the film which also stars Chris Collins, Ken Lo and actresses Hanna Chan and Jacky Cai with action seque…