Blitz Films and Straight Up Films announce that Stephen Dorff (“True Detective,” BLADE) has been signed to star in director Nick Sarkisov’s English-language debut EMBATTLED. Written by David McKenna (AMERICAN HISTORY X, GET CARTER, BLOW), the film also includes McKenna’s son, Colin, who was born with Williams Syndrome and inspired a supporting role for the film. Sarkisov is set to produce for Blitz Films, alongside Kate Cohen for Straight Up Films, and Scott LaStaiti, with Blitz co-founder Sergey Sarkisov and Dorff serving as executive producers. Eryl Cochran from Blitz Films will oversee production. The film is scheduled to shoot in Alabama this September.
The story follows a high school judo prodigy who steps into the MMA cage to face the ultimate rival in a battle for recognition and retribution – his father. Dorff is set to play the father, and will spend four weeks at a fight camp in Alabama to transform himself for the part.
Dorff will next be seen in the highly anticipated season three of HBO’s “True Detective.” He is best known for his roles in BLADE opposite Wesley Snipes and SOMEWHERE directed by Sofia Coppola.
“David McKenna has written an incredible script. I can’t wait to work closely with Nick Sarkisov to bring David’s intense and powerful story to life for audiences worldwide,” said Dorff.
Dorff is represented by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
About Blitz Films:
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Blitz Films was created by Sergey Sarkisov and Nick Sarkisov with the intent to bring story-driven scripts to life. The company is currently developing films and TV series with Academy Award® winning writers, directors and actors including Al Pacino and Jeremy Renner.