|From L to R: Casper Van Dien, Alexander Nevsky and Mark Dacascos|
Rising action star Alexander Nevsky has been well on his way with his post-bodybuilding career with starring and producing films in the last several years, including Black Rose last year with fellow action legend Matthias Hues. Nowadays he’s resurging and it appears he’s got some great company for the forthcoming February production of the new film, Showdown In Manila.
Word from Kung Fu Cinema’s forum indicates the film will be the directorial debut of its lead actor and action star, Mark Dacascos
. There’s no word on what the plot will entail, although activity from Nevsky’s Twitter account
comfirms the appearance of many of the film’s noteworthy cast including Nevsky
, along with Casper Van Dien
, Cynthia Rothrock
, Oliver Gruner
, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
, Monsour del Rosario
, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson
The film also makes for a potentially stellar great return for producer Andrzej Bartkowiak who played an integral role in transitioning Li’s crossover career in 2000 with Romeo Must Die and in 2002’s Cradle 2 The Grave in which Dacascos starred as the villain. Bartkowiak directed five Hollywood features before attempting to unite British action hero Scott Adkins and French action auteur Cyril Raffaelli back in 2010 for the ill-fated production of Turkish actioner, Dark Deal prior to going under the radar.
Hopefully this particular production will bring greater prospects for an otherwise awesome cast list with Dacascos
already set to kick off 2015 with a few other big moves, including Martin-Christopher Bode’s Ultimate Justice
with Hues, and the upcoming Thai actioner, Relentless
with Van Dien
and helmer John Milton Branton, in addition to Don “The Dragon” Wilson
‘s recently-announced Blood Raid
Much is happening right now for the new year for the cast who have other titles on the way as well, with Wilson and Rothrock in The Martial Arts Kid and White Tiger, as well as the Wilson‘s long-awaited Kazakh-producted thriller with Tagawa co-starring in The Whole World At Our Feet, to name a few. Indeed, do watch this space!
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