Alain Moussi also stars; Highland Film Group Handling Worldwide Sales
Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Between Worlds, Snowden) has signed on to star in writer-producer and director Dimitri Logothetis’ martial arts action saga Jiu Jitsu. The cast will also include Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Retaliation). Based on the comic book of the same name, which Logothetis also penned along with Jim McGrath, Jiu Jitsu will be produced by Logothetis, and Martin Barab (State and Main, USS Indianapolis, Love & Sex, Medieval), with Highland Film Group handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart 2019.
Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a fearsome alien invader in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have played by the rules...until now. When Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi), a celebrated war hero and master Jiu Jitsu fighter, refuses to face Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from severe amnesia, Jake is captured by a military squad unequipped to fight the merciless intruder who have descended upon the planet. After a brutal alien attack on the military squad, Jake is rescued by Wylie (Nicolas Cage), and a team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters who must help him recover his memory and regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind.
Dimitri Logothetis’ shares that “After we successfully reintroduced the Kickboxer franchise to a new generation of martial arts fans with the sixth and seventh entries in the series, we set out to up the ante with a Sci Fi Martial Arts franchise that could bring the same kind of intensity and longevity to a new arena. Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi joining superstar Nicolas Cage for some formidable, no holds barred fight sequences set in exotic Burma.”
Cage recently appeared in critically beloved psychedelic action horror film Mandy, along with the Academy Award® winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and starred in York Alec Shackleton’s 211. He can next be seen in Jason Cabell’s Running with the Devil alongside Laurence Fishburne and Leslie Bibb, Primal alongside Famke Janssen and Grand Isle with Luke Benward and Kelsey Grammer.
Moussi recently starred in films such as the Kickboxer Trilogy Franchise, Street Fighter: Resurrection, Wolves, Kill Order, and has been an active stunt performer and coordinator in such projects as Dark Phoenix, Shazam!, Starz Network’s “American Gods,” Suicide Squad, and Warcraft: The Beginning.
Logothetis returns to direct for the big screen following the successful reboot of the Kickboxer franchise with Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018), which earned a 92% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the upcoming Kickboxer: Armageddon.
Cage is represented by WME and Stride Management. Moussi is represented by The Characters Talent Agency and Peter Meyer Management. Logothetis is represented by Peter Meyer Management.
HFG’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario; Shawn Ku’s action thriller A Score to Settle starring Nicolas Cage; Vaughn Stein’s Terminal starring Margot Robbie, which released earlier this year; the star-studded Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Lin Oeding’s thriller Bravenstarring Jason Momoa; and Steven C. Miller’s action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.
About Highland Film Group
Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/horror/thriller space, focusing on cast, director, film maker driven content.