C.M. Punk and A.J. Lee Land Movie Roles

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C.M. Punk and A.J. Lee Land Movie Roles

Did C.M. Punk and A.J. Lee Just Become Movie Stars?

Being retired from wrestling has its perks. Not deterred by his latest defeat in UFC, C.M. Punk has moved on to the world of movies. And he isn’t going it alone. Punk will be joined by his wife, and bestselling author, A.J. Mendez, formerly A.J. Lee.

As WrestlingInc reported Punk and A.J. will appear in Rabid, a reimagining of the 1977 original picture by David Cronenberg. The original movie could be classified as a zombie flick, replete with vomit, murder, and screams, as a new strain of rabies has begun to infect the populace of Montreal.

The remake will be handled by the Soska Twins, who were responsible for Vendetta from WWE Studios, and also See No Evil 2. Starring in the film will be Laura Vandervoort and Ben Hollingsworth. Punk and A.J. will play supporting characters ‘Billy’ and ‘Kira.’

A release date for the movie has not yet been announced, but some details are known. For example, according to the official press release, the movie is to be set in ‘the world of high fashion,’ and even touches upon some scientific questions facing our time. For instance, what are the implications of experimental stem cell research?

Here is the press release for the movie, courtesy of WrestlingInc:

Production Begins on the Feature Film RABID

– Featuring CM Punk and AJ Mendez-

– Written and Directed by The Soska Sisters (WWE Studios’ See No Evil 2 and Vendetta) –

– Remake of the Classic David Cronenberg 1977 Horror Feature Film –

– Starring Laura Vandervoort and Ben Hollingsworth –

– Body Horror Meets the World of High Fashion –

Toronto, Canada – July 17, 2018 – Canadian production company Back 40 Pictures announced today that production has begun in the Greater Toronto Area on the feature film Rabid. Written and Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in A Trunk, American Mary) and John Serge. Rabid stars Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw, BITTEN) as “Rose” a demure seamstress who goes through a radical transformation after electing for plastic surgery following a disfiguring accident. Ben Hollingsworth (CODE BLACK) is “Brad” a fashion photographer. Rabid is a remake of the classic David Cronenberg 1977 horror feature film which was executive produced by Ivan Reitman. Rabid also stars Hanneke Talbot (PLAYING DEAD) who portrays Rose’s best friend Chelsea and Mackenzie Gray (LEGION, RIVERDALE) as arrogant fashion designer “Gunter”. Rabid will also feature WWE superstars CM Punk as “Billy” and his wife New York Times best-selling author AJ Mendez as “Kira”.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be re-imagining David’s 1977 body horror classic, Rabid, with such incredible support behind us. We are not fans of the current trend of soulless remakes as they disrespect the fans and the original body of work. Our Rabid is a continuation of the thoughts and conversation David started, but modernized through a female perspective. The film will not only honour his original Rabid but also Cronenberg’s entire body of work. This would not have been possible without a team behind us that cares about the artist as well as the fans,” said Writer-Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska.

Drawing influence from the original movie, the remake is set in the seductive and glamourous world of high fashion and will follow Rose (Laura Vandervoort), a young woman whose disfigurement after an accident leads to a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.

“I don’t think there’s any bigger fans of David Cronenberg than the sisters, so it was really exciting when they agreed to helm this project. They will put their own stamp on the movie of course, but with nothing but the utmost respect to David, and that’s important when you’re remaking a classic horror film like Rabid, says producer Paul Lalonde. The Soska twins are the hottest young directors in the horror space right now, and our talented cast headed by Laura (Vandervoort) and Ben (Hollingsworth) will give horror fans a rich and chilling character-driven story with plenty of body horror. We’ve got a fantastic cast, a great crew, top notch special effects and industry leading stunt coordinators. And having the whole story set against the backdrop of high fashion, that’s not only a great chance for some important social commentary, it’s also a really fun twist on horror. A peek inside the world of haute torture if you will.”

A71 Entertainment will distribute Rabid in Canada with 101 Films handling the United Kingdom, Back 40 Pictures orchestrating theatrical distribution duties in the United States, and Shout! Studios’ Scream Factory imprint distributing the film across multiple platforms in the U.S. Rabid is produced by Back 40 Pictures in conjunction with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and London based, Media Finance Capital. Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde and John Vidette are serving as producers.

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