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John Woo Returning to Hollywood With Action Movie Silent Night, Starring Joel Kinnaman

A new action movie from celebrated director John Woo is on its way, starring Joel Kinnaman.

According to Deadline, Kinnaman, who recently starred in The Suicide Squad, has been cast in the leading role of Silent Night, a new no-dialogue action movie which sees Hong Kong director John Woo return to Hollywood.

The movie, which is said to be “without a word of dialogue”, will be John Woo’s first US action movie in decades, since the 2003 Ben Affleck flick, Paycheck.

According to Deadline’s sources, the plot will revolve around a father who heads into the criminal underworld to avenge his young son’s death. Although little else is known about the movie, industry buyers are apparently “buzzing” about John Woo’s return to Hollywood.

The film is currently in negotiations to be financed by Captone, with John Wick producers Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Christian Mercuri, and Lori Tilkin on board to produce alongside Joe Gatta and Ruzanna Kegeyan from Capstone.

Although Joel Kinnaman will presumably take the title role, no other casting news has been announced. However, additional casting is currently underway.

John Woo is perhaps best known for his late 90s action flicks, including Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission Impossible II. Face/Off, which starred Nic Cage and John Travolta in an identity-swapping action caper, is reportedly getting a sequel from Godzilla v. Kong director, Adam Wingard. Originally thought to be a remake, the upcoming Face/Off movie will instead continue the story of John Woo’s 1997 cult classic.

“I would never make a remake of Face Off,” said Wingard in an interview with IGN. “I would never make a reboot. I’ve seen a lot of people, even after I said that this is a direct sequel, they keep calling it a reboot hybrid sequel or remake hybrid sequel. It’s none of that.”

“This is Face Off Two,” he stressed. “And I can’t say what that means exactly, but this is either going to be the definitive follow-up to that movie and everything that entails, or I’m not going to make it, because everything’s got to line up perfectly.”

Although Wingard confirmed back in February that the script for Face/Off II was almost complete, little has been heard about the project since.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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