The final shooting period for Rendel started on Wednesday night in Mikkeli, the home town of the Finnish superhero. Aerial footage of the city’s skyline was shot for various parts of the film. On Saturday the film crew will be shooting in snowy Puolanka at one of the highest waterfalls in Finland, Hepoköngäs. The next two weeks of the shoot will continue with the most action-packed scenes in Kajaani. These scenes will include international stars.
The new cast members for the film are Johnny Vivash from the United Kingdom, Canadian-Finnish professional wrestler Michael "StarBuck" Majalahti, and Michael Hall from the United States.
Johnny Vivash will be playing "Radek" and bring extra power to the previously announced international assassin squad. Finding the most suitable face and appearance took some time but the perfect match was found. The director of Rendel, Jesse Haaja is excited about directing Vivash next week:
Finding the perfect actor to play Radek was not an easy task. The role is very important in the storyline and it requires a certain looks from the actor. Johnny had something that really convinced me.
Vivash will be arriving in Finland next week for five days of shooting. He was really impressed by the story:
I’m thrilled to be joining the cast as of Rendel, this exquisite dark, revenge thriller I am hugely looking forward to shooting in Finland and working with this brilliant cast and crew.
The internationally renowned Finnish wrestler Michael "StarBuck" Majalahti will be bringing impressive energy to the film playing "Jimmy." He was also part of the demo shoot for Rendel in 2014. StarBuck has won the European, Finnish, and Italian championships in wrestling in his more than 20 year career. At the moment he is one of the top wrestlers of all-around classic American style in Europe. He also stars in a Finnish documentary film Spandex Sapiens (2015) directed by Oskari Pastila.
The director Haaja was hoping to get Majalahti to the feature length film after seeing him acting and performing stunts in the demo:
Michael has basically been involved in the production from the beginning. It is an honor to get this wrestling legend to star in the film and the role of Jimmy is perfect for him.
StarBuck is thankful for the bad guy’s role offered by the director:
I am stoked to be a part of Finland’s first-ever superhero movie! I’ve been a heel in pro wrestling all across the world over the past 22 years, and I know how to pull that role off in spades. Let the punishment begin!
Rendel will be played by Kris Gummerus. Other cast includes Bianca Bradey, Sheila Shah, Michael Hall, Rami Rusinen, Renne Korppila, Alina Tomnikov, Aake Kalliala and Matti Onnismaa. The film will be shot about 50 days in total and finished in 2016.
Rendel is based on the comic character created by Finnish director and producer Jesse Haaja. In the movie, the masked vigilante Rendel seeks revenge and fights against the notorious VALA criminal organization.
Rendel’s journey from a social media hit into a full grown superhero movie has already gained tens of thousands of followers and Rendel enthusiasts from all around the world.
Rendel is produced by Haaja & Arwo Design, Black Lion Pictures, and Frozen Flame Pictures.