Olga Kurylenko, Kristofer Hivju and Dave Bautista in ‘Afterburn’

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Filming is now underway for the action-adventure film “Afterburn,” starring Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Dune”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Django Unchained”) with Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace,” “Black Widow”) and Kristofer Hivju (“The Gentlemen,” “Cocaine Bear”) round out the cast.

The film is directed by JJ Perry, who recently co-directed Lionsgate’s ‘The Killer’s Game’ with Bautista, based on a screenplay adapted by Matthew Johnson and Nimrod Antal from the ‘Red 5’ comic book of the same name.

Set ten years after a solar flare wiped out technology across the world, “Afterburn” follows ex-soldier Jake (Bautista), who works as a treasure hunter, retrieving valuable artifacts from the old world for powerful clients. His latest mission: team up with freedom fighter Drea (Kurylenko) to recover the Mona Lisa before an out-of-control warlord arrives first.

The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz (“Fast and Furious” franchise) and Toby Jaffe (“Total Recall”) for Original Film and Steve Richards (“RocknRolla,” “Unknown”) for Endurance Media. Bautista will also produce for Dogbone Entertainment, along with Jonathan Meisner (“Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy”) and Chris Milburn (“Strangers”). Black Bear introduced the film to buyers at EFM earlier this year and will continue to sell the film at Cannes, with CAA Media Finance representing US rights.

Before transitioning to directing, JJ Perry was widely regarded as one of the most skilled second unit directors and stunt coordinators in the industry, regularly working with directors such as Ang Lee, Chad Stahelski, Justin Lin and Spike Lee. This led to Perry’s directorial debut ‘Day Shift’ in 2022, the Netflix action comedy starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg.

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The Black Bear list includes the Sydney Sweeney horror vehicle “Immaculate,” which NEON released in March; Lionsgate’s Guy Ritchie’s “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” starring Henry Cavill, also currently in theaters; and “Nyad,” starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster, both of whom were nominated for an Oscar for their roles. Upcoming films include Greg Kwedar’s “Sing Sing” starring Oscar nominee Colman Domingo of A24; “In the Grey” from director Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill, Jake Gyllenhaal and Eiza Gonzalez; “Relay” from director David Mackenzie, starring Riz Ahmed and Lily James; and Matthew McConaughey crime thriller “The Rivals of Amziah King.” Black Bear is currently in production on David Ayer’s “Levon’s Trade” starring Jason Statham and Clint Bentley’s “Train Dreams” with Joel Edgerton and Felicity Jones. They recently began pre-production on director David Michôd’s Sydney Sweeney-led untitled Christy Martin boxing project, which introduces Black Bear to buyers in Cannes.

Bautista is repped by CAA, Meisner Entertainment Group and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Jackson is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Kurylenko is repped by Agence Adequat, Independent Talent Group and Untitled Entertainment. Hivju is represented by Panorama Agency, UTA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan. Perry is repped by WME, Holly Jeter and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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