For those growing up in the 80s and 90s, the action movie genre was a wellspring of incredible stars duking it out on the big screen. Two of the greatest action stars of the era got together for Universal Soldier as well as its sequels and though they worked constantly since that movie premiered in 1992, they didn’t share the screen again until The Expendables 2 in 2012. Now it’s time for Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme to pair up once again for the upcoming action-thriller, Black Water.
Black Water will see the two stars allied together, which is something they have never done before. Not much has been released about the film’s plot except that it begins with a deep-cover operative, played by JCVD, waking up to find he has been imprisoned aboard a CIA submarine. Lundgren’s role has yet to be identified, but it was made clear by The Hollywood Reporter that the two would be fighting alongside one another for the picture instead of killing each other like we have seen previously.
JCVD has been busy in Hollywood in recent years and has never left the action movie genre. Many of his films in the past two decades have been direct-to-video with little fanfare, but that hasn’t stopped the Mussels from Brussels from keeping himself busy. A recent foray into Amazon’s new television production has landed him the title role in Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which features the 50-something action star playing himself and fighting bad guys in ‘real life’ as a long-time operative of the CIA.
Lundgren has also kept himself busy in The Expendables series as well as having made numerous direct-to-video films himself over the past two decades. His success in The Expendables has reinvigorated his Hollywood cred in recent years and he co-starred in Skin Trade in 2014. He is set to reprise his role of Gunner Jensen in the upcoming The Expendables 4, which is set to premiere in 2017.
The script was written by Chad Law (6 Bullets, The Hit List, & Day of Heroes) and a director has yet to be identified but producers out of Dawn’s Light have set the film into pre-production so details may be coming soon.