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John Woo returns to Hollywood with Silent Night action flick, starring Joel Kinnaman

A new action flick from acclaimed director John Woo is on the way, starring Joel Kinnaman.

According to Deadline, Kinnaman, who recently starred in The suicide squad, has been cast for the lead role in Silent Night, a new dialogue-free action film that sees Hong Kong director John Woo return to Hollywood.

The film, reportedly “without a word of dialogue,” will be John Woo’s first American action film in decades, since Ben Affleck’s 2003 film Paycheck.

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The film is currently in negotiations to be funded by Captone, with John Wick producers Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Christian Mercuri and Lori Tilkin on board to produce alongside Capstone’s Joe Gatta and Ruzanna Kegeyan.

While Joel Kinnaman will likely take on the title role, no further casting news has been announced. However, an additional casting is currently underway.

John Woo is perhaps best known for his late ’90s action flicks, including Broken Arrow, Face / Off and Mission Impossible II. Face / Off, which starred Nic Cage and John Travolta in an identity swap action game, is would have a sequel from the director of Godzilla v. Kong, Adam Wingard. Originally considered a remake, the upcoming Face / Off film will instead continue the story of John Woo’s 1997 cult classic.

“I would never do a Face Off remake,” Wingard said in an interview with IGN. “I would never do a reboot. I’ve seen a lot of people, even after saying it was a direct sequel, they keep calling it a reboot hybrid sequel or a remake hybrid sequel. It is none of those things.

“It’s Face Off Two,” he said. “And I can’t say what that means exactly, but it will either be the definitive sequel to this movie and all that that entails, or I won’t, because everything has to line up perfectly.”

Although Wingard confirmed in February that the script for Face / Off II was almost finished, little has been heard of the project since.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.