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24 HOURS TO LIVE Brings Aboard Common And Xu Qing For Brian Smrz's New Action Thriller
Sierra/Affinity is continuing its PR efforts at Cannes starting this week for the upcoming action thriller, 24 Hours To Live following their earlier EFM run. The film is also one of several films now being planned for select distribution through immersive digital theater brand Barco Escape with Shanghai-based production and distribution company Fundamental Films fully financing, and with actor Ethan Hawke (The Purge, Getaway) starring as of February.
This week, word from Deadline now accompanies Hawke's casting with that of actor Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing. Details surrounding their respective character portrayals are unknown while, under stunt veteran and director Brian Smrz, it is Hawke himself who will play a career assassin who dies during a job, and is subsequently granted one day to redeem himself after being resurrected by his employer.
Thunder Road's Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman and Fundemental Film's Gary Glushon are executive producing from Zachary Dean's story based on an original script by Ron Mita and Jim McClain. The film will mark a sophmore entry for Smrz following his 2008 directorial debut, Hero Wanted (2008) and credits such as Face-Off (1998), Mission: Impossible 2 (2002), Live Free Or Die Hard (2007), X-Men: First Class (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013) and X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014).
Qing, best known for her role as Police Madam Lau in Wilson Yip's 2007 Donnie Yen actioner, Flash Point, and as Bruce Willis's on-screen romantic interest in Rian Johnson's Looper in 2012, can be seen in Guan Hu's latest crime pic, Mr. Six. Common, following his recent stint in Jaume Collet-Serra's Run All Night will appear this August in David Ayer's DC adaptation, Suicide Squad, and in Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Two on February 16, 2017.
Hawke is one of an ensemble cast for Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, which hits screens on September 23.
There's a ton of things happening right now with all things John Wick. The origin comic, as well as two spin-offs are among the raft of projects already in development as Chad Stahelski now looks toward bringing the third film in the canon to life for next year.
For this, casting is already underway and with exclusive reporting from That Hashtag Show which reveals the addition of actor Sanada Hiroyuki to the movie. Sanada, whose international career has seen him work with legends like Fukusaku Kinji, Corey Yuen, and stars like Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Reuniting with 47 Ronin lead Keanu Reeves reprising the title role of the John Wick franchise, Sanada will star the head of a crime syndicate with a score to settle with our stoic assassin now on the run from his former fellowship of clandestined assassins. The two will reportedly be rejoined by actress Ruby Rose and actor Common following their appearances in last year's sequel in which both go toe-to-toe with Reeves.
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 …
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…