I have a soft spot for Van Damme. The guy has chosen some really interesting projects since he left his Hollywood career behind, and I’ll argue that a lot of his films post-Hollywood are much, much better than the stuff he was churning out for the studios for mega bucks.
Van Damme’s latest is “UFO”, a British sci-fi film about “five friends who wake up on a seemingly normal morning to find the power’s out, there’s no mobile phone reception and the radio can tune nothing but static. Two nights later with little more information a city-sized UFO appears above the town as tension and fear of attack grips the five.”
The film will star Bianca Bree, Sean Brosnan, Simon Phillips, with Van Damme scheduled to play a “retired military advisor” who, presumably, rides to the rescue. Dominic Burns, who wrote the film, is currently shooting on location in Derbyshire, England.
So how did Burns, who directed last year’s one-take slasher flick “Cut”, get Van Damme involved? Apparently all it took was an email to Van Damme’s wife asking if he was interested. Of course, it probably also helps that the film’s leading lady, Bianca Bree is also Bianca Van Varenberg, Van Damme’s real-life daughter. She co-starred with dad in “Assassination Games”, playing Scott Adkins’ comatose wife. This is her first big break as a leading lady.