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As was earlier confirmed, Jason Flemyng is playing the lead and Jackie Chan also is starring in the movie. Fetisov didn’t immediately detail what role Schwarzenegger would play.
A representative for Schwarzenegger confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter his participation in the movie.
Viy 2, also known as Journey to China: The Iron Mask Mystery, is set in the 18th century and focuses on the adventures of English traveler Jonathan Green (Flemyng), who is assigned to draw a map of Russia’s Far East. However, his travels eventually bring Green to China.
Viy, based on the novella by 19th century Russian author Nikolai Gogol and co-produced by Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, was released in 2014 and grossed $34.6 million, making it the year’s top-grossing local film in Russia.
In accordance with earlier reports, China is investing $15 million in Viy 2, whose total budget is $36 million. The film is set to become Russia’s biggest-budget co-production ever.
Viy 2 is being directed by Oleg Stepchenko, just as the first movie, and is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2017.
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