Motion movie icon Jean-Claude Van Damme has began capturing his new Netflix action-comedy movie The Last Mercenary. The Belgian actor and former martial artist starred in dozens of action movies within the Eighties and Nineties. He rose to the highest of the action movie style together with his starring roles within the cult-classic movies Bloodsport and Kickboxer.
All through the ’80s and ’90s, Van Damme established himself as a martial arts movie legend together with his lead roles in profitable movies resembling Road Fighter, Time Cop, and Common Soldier. He quickly stopped making big-budget movies with common releases, claiming he was ‘blacklisted’ for turning down a significant movie deal as a result of he was not getting paid as a lot as different stars. His most notable tasks over the previous few years have been voice-over roles within the Kung Fu Panda movies and starred as himself within the Amazon collection Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which was canceled quickly after one season. Now, the Muscle groups from Brussels is taking over a brand new challenge that is a slight departure from his standard roles.
Per THR, Van Damme is at present in France capturing the action-comedy movie The Final Mercenary for Netflix. Directed by David Charhon, the French-language movie sees Van Damme as a mysterious former secret service agent who should return to France to assist his estranged son after he’s falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the French authorities. Van Damme says he’s desirous to tackle a movie style that’s new for him. “The Final Mercenary is an extremely thrilling challenge and permits me to tackle a brand new style,” mentioned Van Damme. “I’ve all the time been a fan of Jean-Paul Belmondo, and I hope to take up the torch of action comedy in my very own manner. David Charhon’s script brings all these parts collectively in a really profitable manner – a good looking story with emotion, a number of action, and a number of humor.
The Last Mercenary additionally stars Alban Ivanov, Assa Sylla, Samir Decazza, Patrick Timsit, Eric Judos, and Miou-Miou. The movie was written by Charhon and Ismael Sy Savane and produced by Jean-Charles Levy, Nicolas Manuel (Forecast Footage), Olivier Albou, Laurence Schonberg (Different Angle Footage), Eponine Maillet (Mony Movies), David Charhon, Jakema Charhon, Olias Barco and Vlad Riashyn (Apple Tree). Charhon expressed pleasure over Van Damme’s return to his action movie roots. “I wish to return to the good custom of action movies within the ’80s and ’90s – these cult movies all of us love the place the heroes have been out of the atypical, the stunts have been all extra spectacular and more true than life, and all punctuated with humor. Solely Jean-Claude may embody this unparalleled golden age of cinema,” mentioned Charhon. The Netflix movie is Van Damme’s first comedic movie function and first time collaborating with the streaming service. There is no such thing as a launch date but on the movie because it solely just lately began capturing.
Whereas Van Damme has had loads of performing roles over the previous twenty years, most of them have been restricted releases and never obtained as a lot consideration as his earlier movies. Followers will doubtless be excited to see The Last Mercenary with regards to Netflix, particularly since this can be a totally different style for him. Although he hasn’t had a lot comedy expertise, his new movie seems like it’ll nonetheless have the traditional parts and power that made Van Damme such an action movie legend.