Adrian Bol, who scored some fanfare in the past year with Scott Adkins headliner, Legacy Of Lies, will next direct action crime thriller, Gweilo, starring Bryan Larkin (London Has Fallen, Chasing The Dragon) and actress Ko Shibasaki(47 Ronin, Baragaki: Unbroken Samurai). Larkin is also penning the script with Rick Romano producing for Firemagine Pictures, and with TDP Films’ Julien P. Bourgon serving as exec producer.
Gweilo follows a former SAS captain (Larkin) with a troubled past who abandons his estranged family to avoid facing life behind bars. He travels to Hong Kong where the promise of a new life awaits and his value as a soldier is used to full effect by a charismatic fixer, who recruits him as a hitman. Haunted by his past and the sudden appearance of a fiery and street-wise Chinese girl, his plans go off the rails, forcing him to turn against his employer (Shibasaki). Together, they navigate the neon facade and must use every trick in the book to escape with their lives in the hope of a new beginning.
Leading lady Shibasaki has starred in over fifty features and TV series in Japan, with her latest credit as main character, Ii Naotora, in the NHK Taiga drama TV series “Naotora: The Lady Warlord”. The actress won critical acclaim for her role as Tsubaki Sakurai in the 2001 film, Go, which earned her over ten awards including Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor of the Japanese Academy Awards.
A 2x BAFTA Scotland winner, Larkin is currently shooting a six-part series for Netflix as well as an upcoming Paramount Pictures release. He’s also appeared in season finale of hit series Vikings in addition to other film roles for U.S. and U.K. productions, as well as his own independent projects including the filmed-in-quarantine psycho thriller short, Everything Is Fine, and the hitman shortfilm trilogy, Dead End.