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John Woo directs Joel Kinnaman in dialogue-free action film Silent Night

The iconic Chinese filmmaker is making his first American action film in decades.

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Exclusively from Deadline, John woo is set to make the return of his American action flick with Silent night featuring The suicide squad actor Joel kinnaman. This time the hook tells a boisterous action story without a single word of dialogue.

Sources close to Deadline say the story is as simple as a father going to hell to avenge the death of his young son. John wick‘s Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Christian Mercury, and Lori Tilkin produce and Capstone’s Ruzanna Kegeyan supervise the project with Joe gatta. Kinnaman is the only star attached at this time, but casting is currently underway for the film. Kinnaman himself is no stranger to the action genre with films like the Suicide Squad movies, Secure house, and the Robocop remake to its credit.

Joel Kinnaman in The Suicide Squad
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Woo made his debut in Chinese cinema in the 1970s with films such as Young dragons, Dragon Tamers, and Hand of death. He then became a household name in America in the 1990s, directing action films like Difficult target, Broken arrow, the Nicolas cage and John Travolta-to highlight Face / Off, and the Tom cruise-LED Mission Impossible 2. After a decade of making American action films, he would return to the Chinese market with a mix of action and war films, like his last film released in 2017. manhunt. His last American action film dates from 2003 Paycheck and, while there is no further news or a release date at the moment, action fans around the world should be excited about Woo’s return to US theaters.


Action movies never left American pop culture, but ever since movies like Taken, these types of films have seen a vigorous resurgence. The John wick franchise, Anybody, and Extraction are some of the best examples of the genre in recent memory. Considering Woo’s unique eye for visual storytelling, it will be interesting to see what a modern revenge-style action flick is on his part. With the underworld involved and there is no dialogue, Silent night Looks like this will be one of the more compelling offers of action to look forward to in the future. Stay tuned to Collider for more as this project progresses.

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