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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rutger Hauer & Jackie Chan join Viy-2



Back in 2014 Jason Flemyng starred in a film called Forbidden Empire (you can watch the trailer here). It was a remake of the 1967 Russian film, Viy: Spirit of Evil. Both were based on a horror novella by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, first published in the first volume of his collection of tales entitled Mirgorod (1835). The title is also the name of the demonic entity central to the plot.

There is a sequel heading our way, Viy-2 or Journey to China: The Iron Mask Mystery, which sees Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) return, alongside Charles Dance, Martin Klebba, Yao Xingtong, the Luu Brothers, Zhang Lanxin and Christopher Fairbank. The director was Oleg Stepchenko, and the screenplay was by Stepchenko, Dmitry Palcev, and Alexey Petrukhin.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rutger Hauer & Jackie Chan have also joined the film and it all sounds like a lot of fun.

The movie centers on English explorer Jonathan Green (Flemyng), who receives an order from Peter the Great to map the Russian Far East. “Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China,” according to a statement. “The cartographer will face many breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial-arts masters and the Dragon King.”

The movie was shot in China, and is now in post-production, so I assume they will be filming new scenes with Arnold, Rutger and Jackie. The film, which is budgeted at $48 million, is expected to be released early next year.

Via Variety

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