Mixed martial arts stars “Suga” Rashad Evans and Houston “The Assassin” Alexander are set to make their big screen debuts in Danny Trejo’s Vengeance, an upcoming film expected for a late 2010 release. Directed by Gil Medina (Vengeance, Vengeance II, Ambition), the film stars Hollywood legend Danny Trejo, Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), 50 Cent, Noel G (Training Day), recording artist Tech9ne and former WWE star “Diamond” Dallas Page.
In the film, Jack (Trejo) is a retired undercover vice cop whose world is suddenly torn apart by the murder of his wife and daughter. After serving a prison term for a crime he didn’t commit, Jack returns to the streets with a vengeance against crimes, and takes to vigilantism. Evans (K.O.) and Alexander (Strong Arm) both play Jack’s partners from prison known as the Gorilla Family.
Director Gil Medina sees Trejo’s days as a prison boxer as the reason why he appeals to fans of mixed martial arts: “they called it boxing but it was MMA,” Medina said. “He was kneeing them, elbowing them, throwing punches at them,Danny would rather knock you out then shank you but he’d shank you if he had to; so Danny was the ultimate warriorbecause this wasn’t sanctioned boxing…this was prison boxing and Danny was the champion of the prisons.”
Knowing that fans of combat sports and movies were looking for something real to be a part of, Trejo and Medina created the Vengeance Army (www.vengeancearmy.com) for fans of the movie to gather. The plan is to give the movie away for free to anybody who wants it, and the person who gives away the most copies of the movie will earn a prominent speaking role in the already-planned Vengeance II.
“Vengeance Army is like an army,” Medina said. “It is for everybody who’s ever been a fan of Danny Trejo, a fan ofCharles Bronson, a fan of action and just badass motion pictures. Once you join the Vengeance Army and the film’s been released the film is going to be free off of our website. Let’s say you’re Tommy in Texas and you become a Vengeance Army member and you give away the most free movies. Then he will land a speaking role in our next movie,Vengeance 2. Vengeance II is written and ready to go.”
Medina and Trejo have already planned to feature MMA even more in Vengeance II: “Danny calls in MMA fighters to come in and snap the neck of Al-Qaeda terrorists that are trained in hand-to-hand combat, that’s what you’ll see in the next film. He’s calling MMA fighters in to basically defend America,” Medina said.
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