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Danny Trejo, Stephen Lang Board Gina Carano's 'In the Blood' (Exclusive)

John Stockwell is directing the film, which is designed to be a showcase for MMA champion Carano.

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Danny Trejo and Stephen Lang

Danny Trejo and Stephen Lang are in negotiations to join Gina Carano in the action thriller In the Blood, being directed by John Stockwell.

Blood, designed as a vehicle for MMA champion Carano and her formidable physical force, centers on a wife whose husband disappears while they are vacationing in the Caribbean. The grieving wife passionately and recklessly pursues the men she believes kidnapped and killed him.

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Lang will play Carano’s father, who raised her to be skillfully self-sufficient and brutally tough.

Trejo will play a thug named Big Biz who will face off against Carano.

Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston wrote the script, which was polished by Sean Finnegan and Gregg Parker.

Movie Package Co.’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield (The Messenger) are producing Blood. Verso Entertainment’s Cash Warren is also producing alongside Marina Grasic (Crash) of Cargo Entertainment, the sales-financing-production outfit that is selling the title in Toronto. Movie Package Co.’s Andrew Mann will executive produce.

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London-based Derby Street Films was intricately involved with the development of the movie. The company quietly has allowed for script development in a climate that sees studios cutting back on development and worked on a dozen projects in the last year.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin November in Puerto Rico with production partner Pimienta Film Co. (The Men Who Stare at Goats).