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Is 'Street Fighter' Actor Mike Moh Going To Play Bruce Lee In BIRTH OF THE DRAGON?
Call it what you may, some would call it providence.
The past several years have been a key interval in screening martial arts and acting talent for several major properties. Accordingly, director Joey Ansah's efforts to bring Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist to life led to the emergence of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight co-star, actor and martial artist Mike Moh to the forefront of the film and its upcoming sequel, Street Fighter: World Warrior.
Suffice it to say, it's kept Moh on the map with even more promise of awesome things to come, and you needn't look further than his official fan page where Moh himself has announced he's been considered for the title role in director George Nolfi's upcoming Bruce Lee biopic, Birth Of The Dragon from QED International and Groundswell Productions. Casting had been announced back in June, so it's safe to say that Moh's announcement is rather timely, as delightful as it is.
Written by Nixon and Ali scribes Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, the film will be told from the perspective of Steve Mackin, once a student of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Chinese martial arts master Wong Jack Man to take on vicious Chinatown gangsters in the days leading up to the historic closed-doors fight between Lee and Wong.
Wilkinson and Rivele are also producing with Janice Williams, QED founder and CEO Bill Block, and with Groundswell CEO Michael London. Kelly Mullen is executive producing for QED.
The slow burn of progress for this film has been quite obvious, but nonetheless a fruitful one seeing as how Moh is now being eyes for the role of a very major icon in martial arts and movie history.
Stay tuned for more information on Birth Of The Dragon and Street Fighter: World Warrior.
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The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
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