The fate of mankind is in Jackie Chan’s hands. Sci-fi style.
Jackie Chan has done it all, with his martial arts prowess and renowned stunt team he’s raced cars (Thunder Bolt, The Cannonball Run), survived fantasy and supernatural perils (The Medallion, Chinese Zodiac), been a gunfighter in the Old West (Shanghai Noon), played twins (Twin Dragons), survived partnering with Chris Tucker three times (Rush Hour 1-3, with another sequel in the works), and he’s portrayed revered mentors of the past (The Karate Kid) and modern cops (The Protector, Police Story, Super Cop). He’s fought in the streets (Rumble in the Bronx), played a spy (The Tuxedo, The Accidental Spy), and even defeated James Bond (or close enough, in last year’s The Foreigner). But Jackie Chan as hero in outer space?
Sixty-three-year-old international action star Chan is taking on new territory as a special agent in a futuristic vision with space ships and Frankensteinian sci-fi villains in the summer action flick, Bleeding Steel. Clearly nothing can stop the actor, considering the harrowing stunts in the new movie trailer. He’s holding his own (and maybe even better) compared to his action star contemporaries Bruce Willis (also 63), Arnold Schwarzenegger (71), and Sylvester Stallone (72). The trailer for the movie looks to be equal parts Judge Dredd and revenge tale, with Chan back in the protector role again. The costumes and mash-up of the current world and future Earth of Bleeding Steel has a 1970s B-movie sci-fi look complete with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who-inspired costumes and cyborgs.
Bleeding Steel is notable as the biggest budget Chinese movie release ever filmed in Australia, premiering in China late last year. The success of this film in China plus three other films since 2016 starring Chan resulted in more than $500 million U.S. dollars for that nation’s box office.
Check out this trailer for Jackie Chan’s first sci-fi movie, Bleeding Steel:
If it doesn’t make it to wide theatrical release it at least looks like something Jackie Chan fans will want to follow-up with when it lands at Netflix.
Bleeding Steel is scheduled for release from Lionsgate in theaters and on-demand, July 6, 2018.