Netflix catches ‘The Raid’ helmer’s revenge thriller ‘Apostle’

"The Raid 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster

“The Raid 2” Japanese Theatrical Poster

While we’re all anxiously waiting for The Raid 3, Gareth Evans (Merantau), the creator of The Raid franchise, is about to start production on Apostle, which begins filming in April.

According to Deadline, 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.

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 for whatever reason, it has been pushed back and currently remains in limbo.

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One Response to Netflix catches ‘The Raid’ helmer’s revenge thriller ‘Apostle’

  1. HKFanatic says:

    The plot of “Apostle” sounds somewhat similar to the gruesome death cult segment that Gareth Evans and the Mo Brothers directed for “V/H/S 2″…!

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