Director Gareth Evans’ martial arts action film The Raid impressed critics and audiences alike when it hit theaters last year, making the low-budget Indonesian film one of the more exciting success stories of 2012. The fight sequences were masterfully crafted and performed by Evans’ cast, and the director quickly got to work on a sequel that he promised would be larger in scope. Production on The Raid 2 is finally winding down, and we spoke with Evans last night to discuss his work on V/H/S/2, and the filmmaker provided a bit of an update on the film and revealed that he hopes to have it in theaters by early next year. Hit the jump for more.
Production has officially started on writer/director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 in Indonesia and we’ve got the first images from the sequel to share with you. Picking up where The Raid/The Raid: Redemption left off, Rama (Iko Uwais) leaves the high-rise behind in order to infiltrate a Jakarta crime syndicate with the intentions of protecting his family and unearthing the corruption within his police force. The sequel also stars Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten, and will shoot for the next 100-odd days. Check out Steve’s interview with Evans in which he talks about the sequel, then hit the jump to see the first official images and read the full press release for The Raid 2.