While we’re all anxiously waiting for a possible The Raid 3, Gareth Evans (Merantau), the creator of The Raid franchise is currently hard at work on latest film, Apostle, which will premiere on Netflix in 2018.
Apostle follows a man who travels to a remote island and attempts to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult. The group demands a ransom for the sister’s return, undermining the man’s resolve to rescue her (via Deadline).
In a recent interview with Impact’s Mike Leeder, here’s what Evans had to say about the project: “Apostle is a period mystery thriller set in 1905, Edwardian England… It was a conscious decision to do something outside of the action genre, sure. For me I’ve always been a fan of all cinema and so, regardless of the fact that action has given me the good grace and fortune to carve out a career for myself, I’ve always said I wanted to explore other genres,” Evans added.
Apostle will star Dan Stevens (The Guest), Michael Sheen (Underworld), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), Bill Millner (Son or Rambow) and Kristine Froseth (Rebel in the Rye).
XYZ Films, Severn Screen and Evans’ One More One Productions is producing Apostle, while Netflix has acquired the film’s global distribution rights.
The other Evans project in the air is Blister, a “contemporary American gangster story with echoes of The Wild Bunch,” according to Evans. The film was intended to begin production this year, but has been pushed back and currently remains in limbo.
Updates: Check out the first still from Apostle below (via Instagram):