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Michelle Rodriguez Will Star As A Transgender Assassin In Walter Hill's TOMBOY
I love Sigourney Weaver, so upon learning of her possible involvement a few months ago in action veteran Walter Hill's upcoming gender reassigment thriller, Tomboy, it pretty much amped me up for what lies ahead. Sure, Bullet To The Head didn't get a lot of love but it was fun to relax the brain to, and shows Hill still loves directing a meaty action film any day.
But then who is starring? Well, apart from THR's confirming report of Weaver opposite actress Frieda Pinto's departure, actress Michelle Rodriguez is officially headlining the film. Said Ben Said is producing the film for The Solution from Hill's script by way of story writer Denis Hammil, which focuses on a top hitman who sets out for revenge when he is subsequently betrayed and captured by "The Doctor" who gives him a sex change.
The film is a perfect fit for Rodriguez who broke ground in her 2001 freshman indie boxing drama, Girlfight, directed by Karyn Kusama and the recipient of 15 film festival award wins and several more nominations. Nevertheless, among other franchises, fans may know her through her much more prominent reign opposite actor Vin Diesel in several appearances of the Fast & Furious franchise for Universal Picutures head of its upcoming 2017-designated eighth.
Rodriguez is both beauty and brawn and she she's got the talent to execute both on screen, so I'm ready to cheer her on with this.
Sidenote: If you haven't seen Girlfight, I probably dom't like you right now. See it, because I recommend it.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…
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.
My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there. The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake Teel, D.L. MacDonald, Tyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel Horowitz, Monica Lopez, Noel Martinez, Casey Michaels, Bronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!