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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.
EXCLUSIVE: A filmmaker will go the extra mile to make a film happen, and with a concept that feels so good and workable that they're willing to risk more than enough. Finnish-Iranian actor and martial artist Ramin Sohrab certainly fits the mold with a career lasting up to a decade and wearing several hats throughout his career thusfar whilst primarily calibrating hismelf as Iran's answer to the likes of Jet Li or Donnie Yen. Malek, his 2014 proof-of-concept action short was a terrific exhibition of his skillset following four years of slow development in Iran and preceded another four years of even slower progress. His 2017 concept proof, Viulu, proved equally stellar despite taking it to BiFan at Korea last year in hopes of stirring up some funding only to end up seeing those efforts fall short as well.
Thus, landing right back at square one and with eight years in and nothing to show for it, Sohrab decided to tweak his 2014 gig just enough to earn the appeal of censors in Ira…
The implementation of stunt players to the profession of forefront acting and even starring in narrative features continues to reap prosperity in some instances. U.K.-based Jean-Paul Ly's case certainly makes note of this having graced market floors and festival audiences with the release of his acting debut in Jimmy Henderson's Jailbreak - a high mark for Cambodian cinema as well as for Ly's own career traction.
That effort continues now in Ly's current stomping grounds with U.K. director Marc Price for the upcoming action thriller, Nightshooters, from which both director and star among others have been slowly rolling out photos teasing the new martial arts pic in wake of its official completion this week. Just as he did on Jailbreak, the rising star also serves as action director along with fight supervisor Donovan Louie, hailing the story of a film crew who find themselves on the run from a criminal gang after witnessing a violent act.
Also starring are Doug Allen,…
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …