ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Brandon Tyler Russell, best known for playing the lead role in the 2012 film "Smitty", says he is excited to be working with martial arts/action-movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don Wilson on the upcoming film,"The Martial Arts Kid".

"It's a pleasure to work with people like that", says Russell, who admits to knowing about Wilson "slightly more" than Rothrock. "You know that they are so highly (regarded) and looked up to in their line of work."

"Whether it be acting or martial arts - whatever it may be - I think it's cool to be able to work with...different people and meet them", Russell continued. "I feel honored to have that pleasure."

Rothrock and Wilson will play the aunt and uncle of a troubled teen named Robbie who moves to a beach town in Florida after the death of his mother. They both teach him martial arts as a way to heal and to protect those he cares about and himself.

Russell will play a character named Lenny, a local kid who becomes Robbie's - the titular "Kid", portrayed by Jansen Panettiere - first true Florida friend.

Russell says he is not as familiar with the rest of the cast, but is looking forward to working with all of them.

"I'm so excited to get to work with everyone", Russell animatedly told me. "If there's anyone else...that I get to work with that I know, or have heard of, I'll be excited to work with them as well as people that I haven't."

"I'm going to be excited to meet them", he adds, returning to the subject of Rothrock and Wilson. "Hopefully we'll get along and we'll be able to work together again in the future."

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to start shooting in June and will hit theaters next year


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