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Last year saw quite the needed breath of fresh air for fans of actor and martial artist Joe Taslim. For this, we currently await for things to culminate following the completion of Timo Tjahjanto's solo debut at the helm, The Night Comes For Us, marking another progressive step forward for Taslim who shined in 2011 thriller, The Raid, and hasn't held back on his career growth ever since with Justin Lin's Furious 6 and Star Trek: Beyond under his belt.
Nowadays Taslim is adding to the scope of his prospects with the current production of director Choi Jae-hoon's new period drama, Swordsman from Opus Pictures. Taslim will be joined by lead actor Jang Hyuk (Volcano High, The Flu, Empire Of Lust) for a story centered on a blind swordsman and his daughter amid the decline of the Ming Dynasty and rise of the Qing Empire. Also starring are Hyuk's Ordinary Person co-stars Jung Man-sik and Choi Jin-ho, and with actor Ji Seung-hyun.
Opus Pictures's recent successes include the 2010 thriller, The Man From Nowhere which is readying a Hollywood remake after John Abraham's 2015 Hindi outing, Rocky Handsome, and Bong Joon-Ho's 2013 sci-fi, Snowpiercer which has a TV series in the works for TNT starring Daveed Diggs.
(An earlier version of this article reported Paradigma Pictures as part of the production. Hat tip to the Paradigma Pictures Twitter account for the news tip)
Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…
The last few years have seen the wheels turn quite a bit for director Jesse Haaja who made history in debuting Finland's first comic book superhero movie, Rendel. Nowadays he's developing other properties including Furrow, but that doesn't necessarily count out prospects for a sequel while genre specialist Raven Banner has anything to say for it.
Such is what includes Jeremy Kay's Screen International report this weekend with word that sales on a sequel to the Finnish superhero hit film have launched at the Cannes market. Producers at Black Lion Pictures and Frozen Flame Pictures are planning an early 2019 shoot on Rendel 2 which has Haaja returning to the helm to follow up the story of a family man previously resurrected from near-death with a brutal, masked alterego to seek revenge in the name of a city crying out for justice against a criminal organization and their pharmaceutical cohorts. “I can’t even describe how excited I am for this,” Haaja said of the ongoing s…
Well this is spiffy. Who Taffy Edwards is remains a mystery while said individual sits in the directors chair for upcoming independent crime pic, English Dogs. The film is set to arrive sometime this year and has Time Rush actors Byron Gibson (Only God Forgives) and martial arts sensation, action actor Ron Smoorenberg (Asura) leading the cast.
Plot details are nil as things stand, save for what we can extrapolate from the official trailer that premiered on Wednesday in addition to the film's doughty tagline: "There are 340 breeds of Dogs on the Planet but there can only be one Alpha". And that's about all we got to work with along with what the trailer offers in its ambitious British gangster tropes with Thailand as the backdrop, and watching Gibson throwdown along with shots of Smoorenberg in his element on top of chewing some scenery as a crimeboss, which is always welcome.
Check out the trailer below!