Actor, stuntman and parkour extraordinare David Belle has been an outstanding talent for many years now since breaking out with a lead role next to French action talent Cyril Raffaelli in Pierre Morel’s 2004 hit, Banlieue 13 and its Ultimatum sequel. He’s also popped up in a few titles thereafter with credits on both sides of the camera in Babylon A.D. and coordinating stunts in Oliver Megaton’s assassin thriller, Colombiana which is currently up for a sequel (he’s also been my personal pick for a hopeful spot as the lead for Fox’s Gambit movie – though I’ve learned to accept its current star if the film happens at all).
So, with a resumé that’s nothing short of ripe and impressive, Belle has also been rare to hear from and only now are we starting to finally see his name make the rounds once more with projects that have been brewing for the past few years with his involvement. For this, we turn to Studio + where filmmaker Julien Colonna is paving the way for a terrific-looking ten-part series now in the form of Brutal: A Taste Of Violence with Belle leading. Scribes Christophe Tomas and Jean-Charles Felli are producing the show which follows Belle as Alex Chen, a former soldier-turned-nightclub bouncer in Thailand who is forced to fight for his survival in an underground arena after being framed for murder and turning fugitive.
Actress Pim Bubear from The Man With The Iron Fists 2 and Only God Forgives co-stars Byron Gibson and Vithaya Pansringarm join in along with Ron Smoorenburg and Damian Mavis, and features action sequences designed by Laurent Demianoff (Lucy, The Transporter Refueled). A premiere date and platform are yet to be announced but the news isn’t far too off following the most recent trailer which you can now take a look at below.
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