British action star, Darren Shahlavi will be squaring off against none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme in upcoming revenge action flick 'Pound Of Flesh'
Directed by previous Van Damme collaborator Ernie Barbarash (Assassination Games and Six Bullets), the action sees JCVD heading back to China playing "a former military man forced to walk the road of vengeance when a chance encounter with a beautiful woman ends with him waking up in a bathtub full of ice... and the kidney he had planned to donate to the dying daughter of his estranged brother, on its way to the hands of the highest bidder."
The exciting news is that the high-impact fight choreography will be done by longtime Donnie Yen mainstay John Salvitt and that the main villain in the film will be played by our very own Britkicker, Darren Shahlavi!
Darren had this to say about the film: "I've wanted to work with Jean-Claude Van Damme for so many years and I'm very excited to be finally getting to work with him on such a great project as Pound of Flesh. I love the script and the team that Director Ernie Barbarash and the Producers have put together for this film, including fight choreographer John Salvitti who I am also a huge fan of. I look forward to working hard with everyone to make an awesome action thriller that will make the fans very happy and deliver on all levels. I'd like to thank Mike Leeder for bringing me to the attention of Jean-Claude, Ernie and the rest of the Producers and pushing for me as always.'
The film will also feature John Ralston (Degrassi The Next Generation) as Van Damme's onscreen brother, William B Davis (cigarette smoking villain from the X-Files) as the mysterious Rants, Charlotte Peters as Anna and Kris Van Varenberg/Kris Van Damme as Marcello. It starts shooting at the end of March.
You can hear our interview with Darren Shahlavi HERE