Jean-Claude Van Damme will return as ‘The Bouncer’

"Knock Off" Japanese DVD Cover

“Knock Off” Japanese DVD Cover

In addition to the upcoming Black Water and continuation of the Amazon series, Jean-Claude Van Johnson – not to mention the completed, but still-to-be-released Full Love/Eagle Path – Jean-Claude Van Damme (Kill ’em All) will be appearing in a Taken-esque action thriller titled The Bouncer, which will be directed by Julien Leclercq (The Assault).

According to Variety (via TAE), Van Damme will star as Lukas, a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who’s taken punches, literally and figuratively, and struggles to raise his 8-year-old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter gets placed under the care of social services. But things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter’s custody.

The Bouncer starts shooting in January. For now, here’s the Trailer for Tsui Hark’s underrated gem, Knock-Off:

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3 Responses to Jean-Claude Van Damme will return as ‘The Bouncer’

  1. I thought he said he had improved as an actor and wanted to do more serious roles. It was one of his motivations not to be involved with The Expendables. But so far he has been making the same crappy films over and over again. Haven’t seen Van Johnson yet but the trailer makes it seem like it is going to be fun. Any way who really is going to care about The Bouncer? Not me.

  2. Z Ravas says:

    Honestly, this could be good. I haven’t seen much of Julien Leclercq’s work, but I have seen “The Assault.” It was a very gritty, fact-based action-drama, not dissimilar to something like Paul Greengrass films like “The Green Zone” and “Captain Phillips.” I would love to see Van Damme in something down ‘n dirty like that.

    • The Assault is on my yet to watch list.

      But I do feel the need to interject on Captain Phillips. The film was based on a book written by Captain Phillips himself that was filled with lies and untruths. He wasn’t the hero made out to be. He actually had endangered the crew members even when they begged him not to get so close to the Somali coast.

      Julien Leclercq might very well be a good director. But even good directors can make bad films. The story sounds like any generic B action flick you can think of. Let us hope that it will be a good Van Damme flick.

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