Berlin: Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins to Square Off (Again) in Actioner 'Castle Falls' (Exclusive)

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Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins

The Swedish action hero is also set to direct the film, his fourth with Adkins, which VMI is launching at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Fresh off his role as King Nereus in Aquaman and his return as the iconic boxing villain Ivan Drago in Creed II, action hero Dolph Lundgren is set to direct and star, alongside Scott Adkins (Boyka: Undisputed), in upcoming action film Castle Falls.

VMI Worldwide will launch the project – which marks the fourth film starring Lundgren and Adkins after The Expendables 2Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and Legendary – at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The film, set to go into production mid-March in Alabama, sees Adkins play Mike, a struggling fighter forced to take on a foreman job at a local condominium that is set to be demolished. With just eight hours before the building, strapped with dynamite, is destroyed, two vicious local gangs, one led by Lundgren’s character, Shea, break in to retrieve millions of dollars stowed away in one of the apartments. When Mike stumbles across the money, a game of cat and mouse ensues.

"This combo with action stars Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins is just what the buyers are looking for, and we are excited to be working with Dolph again," said VMI CEO Andre Relis, who is due to produce alongside Lundgren’s longtime manager Craig Baumgarten of Wonder Street. Executive producers are Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman, with Jon Keeyes of Yale Entertainment co-producing.

BondIt Media Capital is financing the picture, with BondIt's Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor also exec producing. 

"Great to be back directing again. Looking forward to working with Scott Adkins for the fourth time," said Lundgren. "Excited to produce with my old friend Craig Baumgarten. Castle Falls is an entertaining script with hardcore action, great characters and an emotional center of transformation and compassion."

Added Baumgarten: "It is exciting to produce this wonderful script with two great actors, amazing action stars and longtime friends, Dolph and Scott. We have collaborated successfully on several other films in the past and can’t wait to do it again."

Lundgren is repped by Gersh, Wonder Street, Norensberg, Staudt and Baumgarten. Adkins is repped by Gersh, Link, Norensberg, Staudt, Kritzer.

A version of this story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Feb. 20 daily issue at the Berlin Film Festival.