Whether or not Nick Diaz will be back in the UFC octagon this year remains up in the air, but what is known about his future is that he’ll soon be in a movie – with the legend of “Bloodsport” himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme!
On Tuesday, Matt Staudt, a business partner of both Nick and Nate Diaz, revealed that Nick wrapped up filming to be featured in the upcoming Van Damme action film, “Darkness of Man,” which also stars Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight”) and Shannon Doherty (“Beverly Hills 90210”).
“Get ready for a new, gritty and dark crime story set in LA starring (Jean-Claude VanDamme) and features (Nick Diaz) who killed it,” Staudt wrote in an Instagram post (h/t MMA Mania). “Nick also has a badass fight scene in the film. When it got to rehearsing the fight he took over and of course had better ideas than the film’s stunt coordinator which is what ended up being filmed and looked awesome.”
So what’s it all about? Here’s a summary for “Darkness of Man” – which has been described as a “neo-noir L.A. action film” – listed on its IMDb page:
Russell Hatch (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme), an Interpol operative who takes on the role of father figure to Jayden, the son of an informant killed in a routine raid gone wrong. Years later, Hatch finds himself protecting Jayden and his grandfather from a group of merciless gangs in an all-out turf war, stopping at nothing to protect Jayden and fight anyone getting in his way.
How big of a role Diaz plays in all that isn’t exactly known, but for what it’s worth he is listed near the bottom of the full cast page on IMDb. Regardless, it’s Nick freaking Diaz and JCDV on screen together, and he may have choreographed his own fight scene?
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We patiently await the release of “Darkness of Man,” hopefully sooner than later.
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