Classic action heroines go to war in all-new feature
SDCC has become the place where fans assemble to watch blockbuster trailers, but it’s also occasionally a place to debut whole movies. Infamous low-budget studio The Asylum kept up that tradition this year by premiering their new feature Mercenaries, an all-female takeoff on the Expendables franchise.
While the producers of Expendables are still supposedly assembling a team for their own “official” gender-swapped companion piece, The Expendabelles, Aslyum went ahead and scored Grindhouse: Death Proof breakout-star and Raze headliner Zoe Bell for a lead role, backed up by a cast of tough-girl mainstays of the 80s and 90s.
Onhand for the mayhem are martial-arts legend Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien, Rage & Honor I & II,) former Terminatrix Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, Bloodrayne, Mortal Kombat: Conquest,) Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja, Rocky IV,) Vivica A. Fox (ID4, Kill Bill I & II) and Nicole Bilderback (Buffy, Dark Angel.) The film’s plot concerns a rescue operation that involves infiltrating a women-only foriegn prison to rescue the kidnapped First Daughter, thus necessitating an all-female commando team. The film held its world premiere at Comic-Con on July 25th, with an August 5 release date currently slated.
Source: The Asylum