Street Fighter gains cast
I'm surprised that both Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are gaining such a strong return as they are, okay we're not talking A-List here, but the talent is strong none the less and the productions see to be ramping themselves up a few levels.
Street Fighter has announced its casting which includes names such as Kristin Kreuk, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, Moon Bloodgood, Taboo, Edmund Chen and Cheng Pei Pei.
So Kristin Kreuk hasn't really been doing that much apart from Smallville and spot adverts, but Michael Clarke Duncan is one of those actors who is eclipsed by his physicality and yet carries such a dramatic power.
Other cast members whose roles aren't mentioned are Moon Bloodgood, Taboo, Edmund Chen and Cheng Pei Pei. I've just finished watching her in the excellent TV series Day Break, another series that American television producers and their insane scheduling made sure died, and yet it's a cracking story and a superb show – I'd recommend it. Oh, and she looks gorgeous.
Andrzej Bartkowiak is directing the film, and if you've seen Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds or Doom then you'll know that this film is going to have plenty of style, I just hope that the script is up to scratch and there's some strong dramatic plot lines rather than just fighting and angry grudges. The script comes from Justin Marks, so maybe it does. However there has to be fighting, by the very nature of the story, and Dion Lam is the man set to bring that to life, he's the choreographer behind the Matrix fight sequences.
You know I actually have some hope for this film, I really do. If they can bring out a strong plot line without making it all about fighting and just pausing for dramatic breaths between breakneck bouts, then this could have something entertaining to bring to the big screen.
For my mate who introduced me to Day Break – get well soon – the news of the Bloodgood casting will cheer up his day too.