Articles & Notes, Photos — February 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

The Raid 2 – bigger, better, bloodier… – PHOTOS

the-raid-2-3PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films have recently announced that shooting had begun on the sequel to the 2011 action hit from Indonesia, “The Raid”.

Writer-director Gareth Evans is set to return as the sequel’s director, and the new film will be titled “The Raid 2: Berandal”, Screen Daily reported.

“To all our fans thank you so much for your support,” said Evans. “We can’t wait to come back and show you what we have been working on. We’ll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier. Wish us luck.”

XYZ Films reps added that they’re “incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story.

“Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we’re eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal.”

Iko Uwais will reprise his starring role [pictured] as the action picks up from where the first film ended. This time Rama goes undercover to infiltrate a Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover corruption in the police force.

The international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.

The “Mad Dog” from the first film (played by Yayan Ruhian), will do the fighting choreography for the sequel.

The Raid premiered in Toronto 2011 and won the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It screened at Sundance and SXSW and grossed close to $15m worldwide, according to Screen Daily.

Below are a few stills from “The Raid 2: Berandal”, from Dread Central and Ain’t It Cool News. Check it out.

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