Gareth Evans' 'The Raid 2' Begins Production with First Look Photos
It has begun. Production is now underway on a sequel to the 2011 Indonesian action instant cult classic The Raid: Redemption, as it ended up being named in the U.S. Yesterday, January 31st, it marked the first official day of production on the sequel, titled The Raid 2, or Berandal, or The Raid 2: Berandal, or The Raid: Retaliation, or whatever you want to call it. In addition to a press release with a few details on the "over 100 days" shoot, Collider rounded up a few of the first look photos from "Day 1" showing badass actor Iko Uwais back as Rama in the sequel. Don't worry, they just started shooting, they can't spoil much.
Here's a few of the first photos of The Raid 2 they released, click to see more from Collider with a few extra:
PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announce the start of production for The Raid 2, the sequel to the wildly popular international hit The Raid. The film reunites writer & director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. Ario Sagantoro is producing for PT Merantau Films, along with Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Todd Brown for XYZ Films. Executive producing are Rangga Maya Barack-Evans and Irwan D. Mussry. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. The film is currently lensing in Jakarta, Indonesia and is scheduled to shoot for over 100 days. Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
"We're incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story," said XYZ Films. "Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we're eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal." "To all our fans thank you so much for your support. We can't wait to come back and show you what we have been working on," said writer/director Gareth Evans. "We'll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier! Wish us luck." Crazy. Bring it on! We'll keep you updated as they continue to shoot for the next three months straight through to the summer. Sony already has US distribution rights. Excited yet?