I am quickly coming to the decision that Chiwetel Ejiofor can do anything. It all started when I watched him as the Nigerian Taxi-driving doctor Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things. Then there was his stint as Ellis Moonsong in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. And even better yet, the creepy Operative in the Firefly spin-off Serenity. But before he could become predictable, he looked hot in his Kinky Boots, and then butched up perfectly for Children of Men. Now he's set to work with Oscar-nominated David Mamet.

Mamet also has his share of variety -- everything from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Joan of Bark: The Dog that Saved France. Now, according to Empire, he's taking on the world of Jiu-Jitsu with Ejiofor starring in Redbelt. Tell me if this sounds familiar: there's the seedy world of Jiu-Jitsu fighting in West L.A. A man who is sick of the sordid world has started his own self-defense class, trying to live the good life, when he gets conned. By whom? "A string of opportunist bastard movie stars and fight promoters" that lead him into the ring once again to save face. Empire is spot-on. It's like merging Rocky Balboa with Kurt Sloan, but with someone who could act the pants off of Sylvester Stallone or Jean-Claude Van Damme any day. I seriously cannot imagine something tastier than a premise that reflects the goofy machismo fighting of the '80's with great acting and writing. Maybe I can sneak on set and be Ejiofor's personal sweat-dabber.
categories Cinematical