8:42am PT by Borys Kit
Toronto: Jason Momoa to Star, Direct Underground Fighting Drama 'Kane'
Jason Momoa, who starred as Conan the Barbarian and was a key player in season one of Game of Thrones, is going into the ring with a fighting drama titled Kane.
Momoa will direct as well as star in the feature, which TF1 is selling in Toronto.
According to TF1, Kane tells the tale of "an alcoholic former boxer (Momoa) who turns to Detroit's illegal fighting circuit to earn money to pay for his ex-wife's medical treatment. Once in the lucrative underground fighting scene, he must face old demons and defeat a merciless rival from his past if he is to save his family and reclaim his lost destiny."
Copperheart Entertainment’s Steven Hoban and Pride of Gypsies’ Brian Andrew Mendoza are producing alongside Momoa. (Hoban recently wrapped production on Wolves, a werewolf actioner in which Momoa stars as the villain.)
Robert Homer Mollohan wrote the script.
The filmmakers hope to shoot in January and February 2014 in Detroit.
"I really wanted to make an action movie with heart and set it in Detroit," said Momoa in a statement. "The city used to symbolize much of what was grand and noble about America but then lost it all to economic decline and urban decay. This parallels the story of Kane Malu, a man who is down but not yet out. Kane is the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes."
APA-repped Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in Thrones, made his directorial debut with Road to Paloma.