Fresh off the announcement of Silent Kill, Jean-Claude Van Damme has added another project to his upcoming slate, with THR reporting that the action legend set to lead the neo-noir action thriller Darkness of Man.
Directed by James Cullen Bressack (Fortress, Hot Seat), the film is said to be more dramatic in nature to Van Damme’s typical action fare, and likened to “the grittier titles in Van Damme’s impressive library such as JCVD and The Bouncer.”
The film will see Van Damme playing Russel Hatch, “an Interpol operative who takes on the role of father figure to Jayden, the son of an informant killed in a routine raid gone wrong. Years later, Hatch finds himself protecting Jayden and his uncle from a group of merciless gangs in an all-out turf war, stopping at nothing to protect Jayden and fight anyone getting in his way — including supposed allies with hidden agendas and nefarious intent.”
“James and I have been working together closely for a while now on Darkness of Man,” said Van Damme. “It’s our passion project. I’m very excited to start filming in Los Angeles. Hopefully you all will enjoy what we create.”
“I’m very excited to dive into the world of Darkness of Man,” added Bressack. “JC has been amazing to collaborate with on this project and I appreciate the immense and immediate support from the team at VMI. I truly believe this will be something very special that will show a side of Van Damme audiences have yet to see.”
Filming on Darkness of Man is set to get underway in Los Angeles in 2023.