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Luke Goss joins Tekken

LukeGoss.jpgLuke Goss has joined the cast of the Tekken film as Steve Fox. This is great news for Goss, although it's not as challenging for him as his other roles, it does get his face on screen much more than some of his previous bigger appearances.

Tekken is the film of the fighting videogame by Namco which will be directed by Dwight Little. The game has some little backstory, I won't say plot because the game is about fighting, so hopefully the film will bring that out more than just straight fight bouts.

Luke Goss may be best known for his singing in Bros, but he's appeared in some successful stage shows as well as twenty two films to date. His biggest roles have been the ones you might not recognise though, he played the lead baddie in Blade II and will be seen as the lead bad guy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both required heavy make up and effects.

So now, according to Coming Soon, we'll see him acting in his own skin as Steve Fox, the young English boxer who first appeared in the fourth Tekken game. Here's a little potted history of the character from Wikipedia, a history that really doesn't matter in the game since you're just mashing buttons and hitting combos to win each round.

“Steve Fox was conceived in a lab; his mother is Nina Williams, making Anna Williams his next immediate blood relative (Anna is his aunt). After Nina failed to assassinate Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi Mishima captured her and used her as a test subject for cryogenic sleep studies. She gave birth to Steve during this time through in-vitro fertilization.

As an undefeated champion, Steve had everything he wanted; the only exception being information about his past. One day, the mafia organized a fight which he was supposed to lose. Refusing to co-operate, Steve won the fight instead. Pursued by the mafia, Steve fled to America, but he came to his realization that no matter where he went, the mafia would always track him and he would never learn about his past. He entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 to put himself back into the limelight and gain the answers he sought.

Despite failing to win the tournament, he learned that Nina Williams is his mother. Along the way, he also cooperated with Lei Wulong, who was also trying to break up the same crime syndicate.

Two months after the conclusion of the fourth tournament, The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 was announced. Steve entered the tournament, this time focusing on the destruction of the Mishima Zaibatsu, vowing that "The Mishima Zaibatsu will never make another monster like me!"

Steve Fox had destroyed the research institute of the Mishima Zaibatsu, and finally settled a long-time feeling of resentment. Steve was intent on returning to the world of boxing again, but the majority of major boxing meets are canceled by the war that broke out all over the world. Steve, who knew no other trade than the boxing ring, had effectively lost his job and his passion, and went into depression. Soon after, he received an invitation to train together with Marshall Law and Paul Phoenix. Steve, who liked the idea of training in a martial art other than boxing, accepted.”

What? When did that ever appear in the game? I must have missed something when I played it. Anyway there's a lot there for the character. Fox is the only one that doesn't use kicks and concentrates on using his standard boxing style and speed and agility.

Well, well. Let's hope that the film of Tekken by Dwight Little makes use of this rich plot and background, and that this does push Luke Goss onto bigger and better things.



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