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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.
Chaos and Extraction helmer Tony Giglio is back and pretty much confirming just shy of a year after posting this teaser pic that actor and martial artist Michael Jai White does, in fact, get to fire that big ass gun. S.W.A.T.: Under Siege is the name and a likely direct-to-video a la sequel in name to its predecessors with no relation to its current TV form.
White plays the point man of this latest roster led by Sam Jaeger (American Sniper) and Adrianne Palicki (GI Joe 2: Retaliation) with a story that tells of a raid gone wrong and an international terrorist who (Matthew Marsden) descends on a S.W.A.T. compound in pursuit of White's character - marked conveniently by a Scorpion tatoo. Crave Online broke the exclusive with an official synopsis on Monday: When a D.E.A. and S.W.A.T. cartel takedown ends in a shootout, S.W.A.T. Agent Travis Hall (Jaeger) seizes a mysterious prisoner and takes him into custody. Before long, the S.W.A.T. compound is under siege by wave after wave of as…
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …