Action Film 'Darc' Rounds Out Cast With Armand Assante (Exclusive)

Armand Assante - H 2015
<p>Armand Assante - H 2015</p>   |   AP Images/Invision
The indie about human trafficking stars the Emmy-winning actor and an array of Japanese stars.

Armand Assante has joined the cast of hyperviolent gangster epic Darc.

Assante, who won an Emmy Award for his role as John Gotti in the made-for-television film Gotti, will portray an agent who makes it his mission to seek revenge on the Yakuza after they kidnap the daughter of an Interpol agent. He solicits the services of a violent criminal — to be played by the film’s writer, Tony Schiena, an expert for counter-terrorism training and defensive tactics for Special Forces operators.

“There has been a tremendous void in martial arts action films which are always driven by unique and powerful action fight scenes,” said producer Julius Nasso, who considers Schiena his protege. “Schiena fills that void and lends credibility and originality to a genre that has been lacking a star for quite some time.”

Nick Powell, whose credits include stunt work on well-known films such as Braveheart, Bourne Identity and Cinderella Man, will direct the project. Several notable Japanese actors and actresses, including Tetsu Watanabe, Kippei Shiina and Sho Ikushima, have also joined the cast.