Vicki Vodar, the stunning beauty who plays a teacher named Miss Criss in the coming-of-age tale "The Martial Arts Kid", says it is "amazing" that the film's producers have already exceeded the $150,000 goal of their Kickstarter, which stops taking pledges June 4.
"It is really amazing!!! It's no wonder, though, with such a great team of people bringing the project to life", Vodar said of the film co-headlined by martial arts/action-movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don Wilson.
Rothrock and Wilson, who have starred in over 75 action/martial-arts films combined, will play the aunt and uncle of a troubled teen named Robbie, who will be played by Jansen Panettiere.("Tiger Cruise"), 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.
The film is co-produced by James Wilson (Don"s brother) and Cheryl Wheeler-Duncan and will be directed by Michael Baumgarten ("Smitty", who also wrote the script.
Major roles that have been cast include: TJ Storm ("Black Cobra") as the opposing instructor to the "Kid",Matthew Ziff ("Six Gun Savior") as the bully and tormentor of the "Kid" and Kathryn Newton ("Bad Teacher"), who plays Rina, the object of Robbie's affections.
Other roles already confirmed are Natasha Blasick ("Meet The Spartans", Sasha on "Days of our Lives") and Tara Cardinal ("Legend of the Red Reaper"), Inga Van Ardenn ("Crossing Shadows"), comic Graham Elwood ("Cram"), Jeff Behar, Adrienne Camille ("The Devil's Dozen"), Daniel Moncada ("Sabotage"), Sofya Skya ("Assassins Run") and, of course, Vodar ("Cross Threads") .
"From the producers, to the director, to the actors. Everyone is whole heartedly involved", Vodar concluded excitedly. "That kind of energy is inspiring and contagious. 'The Martial Arts Kid' is off to a great start and will be a project everyone should keep their eye on."