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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.
EXCLUSIVE: In the months since its evolution, the highly anticipated action thriller, Triple Threat (formely Makeshift Squad) has been a bookmark for many an Asian cinema fan looking to see just how this particular "Asian-Expendables" kind of movie this will bring about. The prospects have been good, too, and notably in the wake of its casting additions including headliners Tiger Chen (Man Of Tai Chi), Tony Jaa (Furious Seven) and Iko Uwais (Headshot), and particularly with 87eleven's own Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) behind the action scenes.
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.
John Stockwell's Kickboxer: Vengeance is now available wherever movies are sold in the U.S. and Canada with other screenings pending. It's a film that otherwise garners caution for fans as a rebooted fanfare that nonetheless has actor and martial artist Alain Moussi leading the action vehicle next to the star of its original iteration, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.