Three of the main actors from Gareth Evans’ The Raid and The Raid 2 have roles in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How did The Raid series star Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian (who played Mad Dog and Prakoso in the films) and Cecep Arif Rahman (who played “The Assassin” and fought in the kitchen finale of the sequel) make it into the new Star Wars film? I asked director J.J. Abrams for details and here is what he told me about The Raid stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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This is an unexpected yet awesome piece of Star Wars news to kick off the year of The Force Awakens. Twitch is reporting that three of the main actors from Gareth Evans’ The Raid and The Raid 2 have roles in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actors in question are the lead actor Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian (who played Mad Dog and Prakoso in the films) and Cecep Arif Rahman, who played “The Assassin” and fought in the kitchen finale of the sequel (seen above right, with Uwais).
Nothing beyond that is known but /Film sources have hinted to us one of the film’s action sequences might have been choreographed by the team. Read more about The Raid Star Wars news below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Gareth Evans‘ The Raid: Redemption seemed to come out of nowhere in 2011, but it quickly found a following thanks to its intense, inventive, and shockingly entertaining action sequences. Its follow-up, The Raid 2: Redemption, doesn’t have the luxury of taking us by surprise, but based on the first trailer that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Check it out after the jump.
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Even for people who aren’t predisposed to love action films, Gareth Evans‘ The Raid earned a spot on many a 2012 top ten list. When Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film, the company also grabbed distribution rights to the planned sequel, The Raid: Berandal.
Casting details for the sequel hit before the new year, with Iko Uwais, star of the first film, set to appear again, alongside Julie Estelle (Macabre) as Hammer Girl, and Alex Abbad, Marsha Timothy, and silat fighter Cecep Arif Rahman playing an unknown but reportedly significant role.
Now Evans confirms that the sequel shoots very soon, and explains that the new film picks up right after the end of the first. Read More »