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Crank 2 Gets A Cast
New faces join Smart and Statham

21 April 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Crank is possibly the most demented film in years - and its sequel, Crank 2: High Voltage, which apparently begins right where the previous film ended, looks like it's going to offer more of the same. With Jason Statham already signed up to return for more adrenalin-fuelled mayhem (literally in the case of these films), the rest of the cast has just been filled out.

Amy Smart returns as the girlfriend of the beleaguered hero/anti-hero Chev Chelios (The Stath) with Clifton Collins Jr., who you may remember as murderer Perry Smith in Capote, as Chelios' mobster nemesis. Sadly there's no word yet on whether Collins has a name as fantastic as "Chev Chelios".

The plot this time sees the mobster steal Chelios' nearly indestructible heart (well, he had to survive that fall at the end of the first film somehow), replacing it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts to keep it going. Expect transplant nightmares to follow.

Crazy dresser Bai Ling is joining up, along with returning faces Dwight Yoakum (who plays Chelios' doctor) and Efren "Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite" Ramirez (who cameoed in the first film as a cross-dressing informant). Shooting starts later this month in LA, with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor once again writing and directing. So can lightning strike twice? Can this be as bat-shit crazy as the first film? And will they find another excuse for Jason Statham to perform acrobatic tricks on a speeding motorcycle while wearing only a loosely-tied hospital gown? We can only hope, people, we can only hope.

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RE: Err....
You know what I love about this plotline  - its pretty much the idea behind King Kong Lives - the cheap sequel to the 1970s version of the movie.   Cannot wait. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:35 on 23 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Err....
Yeah, cos the original was so grounded in reality.    I personally am looking forward to it.  Stath is the saviour of the action movie industry.  So long as he avoids going down the Seagal/Snipes route of DTV releases. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 10:19 on 23 April 2008 | Report This Post

So he gets a new heart, right? Er... ok, what about replacing every bone in his body that was pulverised by the 3,000 ft drop from the plane. Or is he the Six Million Dollor Stath now? More

Posted by Deacon Frost at 19:46 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

i really enjoyed the first one. Good no brainer action and i look forward to the next part. Although i still want to know how he survived that fall. Seriously, a new heart isn't going to fix that. More

Posted by clarkkent at 19:01 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

Best GTA movie?
Hell yeah - xXx 2 with podgy Ice Cube was the closest thing to GTA San Andreas - but that was just too stupid for its own good. Can't wait for Chev to get all Cranky again. More

Posted by Seven_Hundred at 13:31 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

Actually, I think it's safe to say Collateral was the best GTA movie they could have made More

Posted by CameronJames at 12:20 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

Pedro's Dead!
He got hung from the rafters in the first film with a ruddy bag over his head. What's up with that? Oh, but yeah we can believe Chev's back from the dead too with a robotic heart but not the strangled tranny. This film is mad as a bag of bloody spanners. Can't wait! More

Posted by I Went Down at 12:06 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

The Stath
See now i thought that Crank was the best example of an action movie no brainer i had ever seen. From the part when he realises that Coke just doesnt do it for him to getting jiggy with it in the middle of Chinatown. To be honest this film could just be a complete remake of the firtst one with a bit of a more randon plot and i would still watch it just for the pure fact that Stath plays the same role in every movie and it works. If you swapped the names of Frank Martin and Chev Chelios over ( es More

Posted by bigmurds1 at 11:55 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

Crank was basically the best GTA movie they could ever hope to make. Looking forward to this sequel as the whole team are back in front of and behind the camera. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 09:55 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

L: Hughezy did the tranny not get killed in the first?! sp; I think so but then so did the Stath More

Posted by livewire at 09:39 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

Chuck or Chev?
Which is it? More

Posted by mattchoman at 09:25 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

did the tranny not get killed in the first?! More

Posted by Hughezy at 09:19 on 21 April 2008 | Report This Post

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