Joey Lawrence-Wesley Snipes action film 'Havana Heat' even crazier/better than we thought!

Lawrence-SnipesImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Mark Dye/PR PhotosIf, like us, you read the Variety headline “Snipes, Lawrence join ‘Havana Heat’” and needed to know more about the indie action film costarring Wesley Snipes and Joey Lawrence shooting this November, prepare to be very happy. Producer James Ordonez, president of Tayrona Entertainment Group, just gave EW some serious details about the movie and its efforts to be the next Expendables (yes, offers are out to Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme!).

• We begin with the plot: “Havana is a mysterious, sensuous city with gorgeous architecture, white Caribbean beaches, hot, pulsating music, vintage American automobiles and some of the most beautiful women in the world. CID Special Agent Sean Franklin [Lawrence] and his partner, gung-ho rookie, NCIS Special Agent Brianna Evans [Fighting‘s Zulay Henao] are assigned undercover in Havana after another agent is murdered. At the same time, a heavyweight fight between American Ruben Palace and Cuba’s Kid Carlos becomes an international incident when a girl Ruben meets in a salsa club is found dead. Sean and Brenda team up with National Revolutionary Police Force Detective Jose Aguillerra to uncover the mystery behind both crimes.”

• Where does Snipes come in? “Snipes plays Major Evans, Sean Franklin’s boss and father of his assigned rookie partner…. Major Evans coordinates all the infiltration operation in Cuba and will engage once he finds out his best man and daughter are in danger,” Ordonez says. What made producers think to pair Lawrence and Snipes? “As a coincidence with The Expendables, Havana Heat was put together as a retro ’80s action all-star movie. We were looking for a very big teen 1990s idol who still is young and fresh to play the lead action role, and Joey Lawrence was the perfect candidate,” he says. “Wesley Snipes is one of the most recognized action stars of all times… so it was perfect to put them together.”

• This all-star movie may include Jean-Claude Van Damme. “Raul Julia-Levy, son of late Raul Julia is also part of the cast, and he’s personally convincing Jean-Claude Van Damme to join the cast as well in order to have a major fighting scene that will reprise the final fight between Van Damme and Raul Julia in the 1994 action flick Street Fighter, which was Raul Julia’s final movie,” Ordonez says. Julia-Levy plays a Cuban driver with a secret, and Van Damme is being courted for the role of Mikhail Guzman, a hardcore criminal and human trafficker. Producers are also in talks with Chuck Norris (to play Commander Winston, Snipes’ superior) and The Terminator‘s Michael Biehn (to play Warrant Office Pelski, who’s been training Henao at GITMO). Whether or not those three deals get signed, the confirmed supporting players include: The Expendables’ Randy Couture as Bruno Bresler, the manager of the American boxer (who’ll be played by UFC fighter Heath Herring); La Femme Nikita‘s Peta Wilson as Captain Camille Davenport, who’s been helping Lawrence’s character, on bereavement leave when he gets the call to Cuba, work through his troubled past; American Ninja‘s Michael Dudikoff as Lawrence’s ex-partner who gets shot in Cuba; Zorro: La Telenovela‘s Lorena Rincon as the assassin; and Bollywood star Nicholas Brown (Kites) as a criminal involved in extortion and gambling.

The goal is a theatrical release next summer. What do you think?

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  • swtndl81

    Which is scarier, Joey’s hair and eyebrows or this movie?

    • Sean Temergy

      He’s got more eyebrows than hair. Hey you never know, John Travolta reinvented himself with Pulp Fiction. Miracles do happen. Go TEAM JOEY

    • the little one

      holy shhh… his eyebrows scare the heck outta me.

      • Girl P

        Has he come out yet?

  • paige

    theres something uncanny valley about that Joey Lawrence picture… is it the eyebrows?

  • Henry

    There was a time when Snipes was a respected actor, co-starring with actors such as Sean Connery and Robert DeNiro. My, how the mighty fall while evading taxes. I still have hope….

    • paige

      good luck- i think the most high profile he’ll get is if Tyler Perry puts him in a movie…

  • It’s a fact

    WHOA!!! Can this be true . . . and when has Joey Lawrence been a box office draw.

  • Jeremy

    Straight to the $5 DVD rack at Wal-Mart

  • TJ

    Isn’t Wesley Snipes supposed to be in jail or something? Seriously, didn’t he just lose his appeal recently?

  • Ceballos

    Is there really someone, ANYONE out there who was asking for a reprise of the fight between Jean Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia from “Street Fighter.”

    I was under the impression that most people (myself included) are trying their darndest to forget that thing ever happened.

  • Spider

    Sounds interesting! Lawrence may have some chops, some! If this flick does get Norris, Van Damme, and Biehn, it will certainly generate huge buzz. The fact that Michael Dudikoff came out of retirement to sign on is awesome! All in all, I’m so glad that all these faded stars are getting a chance to shine once again! Thank you so much Sly for intiating the trend!!….Having said, I’m looking forward to “Machete” opening Sept.3. It’ll be great to see Steven Seagal on the big screen once again!

  • Joe

    Are you sure this movie is starring Joey Lawrence and not Raven (out of drag)?

  • charles Davies

    YEAH! I love Wes! And Joey Lawrence? Wow that is a blast from the past… btw i just read a pretty funny post on their joint comeback bid: http://bit.ly/9yjyWA – will definitely go to the movie, just hope that it isn’t rubbish! LOL

  • marcell felipe

    Statistically most of Havana’s criminal activity including rape murder and trafficking is carried out by the National Revolutionary Police so the plot is good except for this HUGE blunder of making the NRP look like a regular police force when they are politically appointed enforces with license to kill, humiliate and plunder on behalf of a ruthless dictator.

  • shburrell

    Why Peta?! WHY?!!!

    • rob

      why not?
      peta is fantastic!

    • Al

      Actually, she’s the main reason I’m excited about this movie!

      • cuba

        I adore Peta Wilson. It’s a shame we don’t get to see more of her…
        Recently she also did one episode of CSI: Miami called “Sudden Death”

  • ugly nikki

    I love Snipes’ acting…please add Steven Seagal ASAP.

  • insight

    Is he too rich, famous, or too black to go to jail for tax evasion?

  • tonymadilia

    The movie could be good, a good fight scene with chuck and van damme would be sweet. I mean come on folks they don’t make these movies looking for oscars they make them looking to make a few bucks off us while putting together the most craziest cast they can think of. I’ll watch it.

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