Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen (Disney’s Mulan) has landed a leading role in the Hollywood action thriller The Father. Yen will also serve as producer alongside Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour), Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road (John Wick), and John Schramm from a script written by P.G. Cuschieri.
Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), the film is said to be “an ode to the revered action movies of the 1980s, The Father is set against the Irish-American gangland of South Boston and charts the struggle of middle-class Hong Kong immigrant John Chung (Yen) making the best of his family’s new American life while working as a modest fish broker in the city’s infamous docklands. When his wayward teenage boys stumble upon four kilos of heroin, they’re hunted by a local crime ring and a group of corrupt cops.”
Frank Grillo (Wolf Warrior 2) and Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) also stars.
The Father is tentatively scheduled to start production in early 2021.