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TIFF 2015: Walter Hill To Direct Transgender-Led Assassin Flick, TOMBOY, Weaver And Pinto In Talks To Star
This year's events at the Toronto International Film Festival are surely paving the way for an emergence of socially diverse films. One such title now making the rounds comes by way of The Solution Entertainment group who are shopping their latest assassin flick, Tomboy, to buyers.
Veteran action movie helmer Walter Hill is attached to direct the film from his own script co-written with Denis Hamill which focuses on a top hitman who sets out for revenge when he is subsequently betrayed and captured by "The Doctor" who subsequently gives him a sex change. THR reports that acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver is in talks for the role of "The Doctor" with Slumdog Millionaire and Immortals co-star, award-winning actress Freida Pinto up for the role of Johnnie, the nurse who helps our hero-turned-heroine.
The lead role is currently up for grabs now that actress Andrea Riseborough, once in the running is now out due to scheduling.
Hill, best known for a career full of action classics like The Warriors, Red Heat, prison boxing drama Undisputed and both 48 Hours films, last directed the 2012 odd-couple crime thriller, Bullet To The Head with Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang. Weaver is currently expected to reappear in a few franchise titles, including James Cameron's on-going slate of Avatar movies and an upcoming Alien follow-up reuniting with Chappie helmer Neill Blomkamp.
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…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…