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JOHN WICK 2 Fills Out Its Cast Of Old And New Faces
Deadline reports that director Chad Stahelski's John Wick 2 has officially added new actors to the roster.
Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter isn't due for another year and change, but you can now add actress Ruby Rose to the list of titles in your wishlist with her attachment to the forthcoming Keanu Reeves sequel, along with Burnt co-star Riccardo Scamarcio, and much faved character actor Peter Stormare. The three join newly added Common and returning cast members Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick,Tom Sadowski and John Leguizamo with Reeves back on board following the blockbuster first installation in 2014.
Sadowski, formerly of The Newsroom, reprises the role of Jimmy, the officer who, in the first film, arrives shortly after the home invasion sequence that ultimately leaves a pile of bodies on Wick's floor. Leguizamo returns to the supporting role of Aurelio, the chop shop owner who dared to slug the son of a Russian mob boss for quite a good reason, hence the rest of the first film. Helen, Moynahan's character in the first film was limited mostly to flashback sequences as per the narrative, so her return very much means something more pivotal than just coming and going. McShane's return as Winston next to that of Reddick also adds to the direction that will immerse audiences even further into Wick's background with respect to the story's infamous assassin hotel, The Continental.
Common's addition to the cast last month also gave mention to a female villain, which could go to Rose if Monday's report from Deadline is any sign of this.
Filming resumes in New York City between now and the holidays when the production moves to Rome, Italy next year. Derek Kolstad wrote the script for the new film with Stahelski now directing and Thunder Road producing and John Wick co-helmer David Leitch executive producing.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Next year will soon see the premiere of the CW's latest superhero serial adaptation, Black Lighting. That hasn't hindered actor and award-winning filmmaker Choice Skinner from installing his own seal of approval on the popular DC Comics character and as it stands, lending a spotlight to two major superhero IPs in the same universe.
For this, Skinner's own independently-produced and non-profit fan film project, Black Lightining: Tobias's Revenge, is finally set to air its finale on Tuesday at 9:00am PST/12:00pm Eastern. The news comes following the release of the first part back in April from Darkan Entertainment, LLC., and self-funded with sponsorship by Action VFX, with Skinner directing as well as starring and sharing writing duties with actor James Moten Black. Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super v…