Action movie superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme is back (not that he ever really left), and this time he will lead a band of mercenaries on a hunt for buried treasure in the upcoming action feature Silent Kill. Coming courtesy of Deadline, production company Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment’s plan is to shop Silent Kill around at the imminent American Film Market. And with the name Jean-Claude Van Damme now stamped across it, it shouldn’t take long for somebody to snap it up.
Silent Kill will be led by Van Damme as one of four mercenaries who, after finding a hidden treasure in the Congo, agree to bury it and meet back at the same spot in three years’ time and split the fortune equally among them. Of course, at these sorts of grubby deals often do, things take a different turn when the time comes.
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“One of the all-time great action stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme has cultivated a worldwide fanbase that will absolutely love this adrenaline-fueled movie that starts fast and never takes it’s foot off the gas pedal,” Iervolino said in a statement. “Its Van Damme doing what everyone loves watching him do.”
Silent Kill will be written and directed by Anthony Hickox, who is best known for his work on the likes of the horror sequel Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, the action thriller Last Run, and the horror outing Knife Edge. Jean-Claude Van Damme will be joined by NFL player Vernon Davis, who has starred in the likes of Gasoline Alley alongside Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, and Devon Sawa and A Day to Die in which he again starred with Bruce Willis as well as Frank Grillo and Kevin Dillon. The rest of the Silent Kill supporting cast will consist of Narco Soldiers star Rafael Amaya and Madalina Anea, who recently starred in the thriller, Watcher, alongside Maika Monroe.
Van Damme is also on board as a Producer on Silent Kill alongside Joram Moreka, with Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Ovidiu Toma and Bradly Gentz as Executive Producers.
Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Already Planned His Final Action Movie
Despite middling reviews throughout his career, Jean-Claude Van Damme remains an action movie icon. The actor and martial artist has most recently lent his name to the likes of the Netflix outing The Last Mercenary, the animated adventure Minions: The Rise of Gru, and will next star in Frenchy, a project written, produced, edited, and directed by Van Damme himself.
Van Damme has already planned out his final action movie, What’s My Name, which will find the actor starring as a fictionalized version of himself. “In the film, I am on my way down in terms of career, and as I come out of a premiere of another action movie, I am not happy because I’ve been living in hotels the past 30 years, which is actually true,” Van Damme said of the project. “We’re going to bring real elements from my real life and what happened to me. I came from Belgium, all the way to Hollywood. I succeeded, I failed, I came back. So I’m walking out on the street after the premiere, and boom! — a car hits me because I’m drunk. When I wake up from the impact, I don’t know what’s my name, and no one recognizes me.”
Silent Kill will begin principal photography early next year.