Viy 2: Journey To China will finally see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan fighting it out on the big screen. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an unlikely candidate to become a major movie star in Hollywood, with the former Mr. Olympia being told repeatedly by producers early in his career audiences couldn't understand his accent or even pronounce his name. The success of Conan The Barbarian and The Terminator would pave the way for him to become one of the biggest movie stars of all time.
Jackie Chan is one of the most renowned action stars on the planet, due to his mix of physical comedy and literal death-defying stunts. His abilities were on full display in the likes of Police Story and Drunken Master II, but he also had a tough time breaking into American movies. In the early 1980s, he starred in two English language action movies - The Big Brawl and The Protector - to break into the American market, but both proved to be box-office disappointments. It wasn't until the success of 1998's Rush Hour that he found the right vehicle for his talents.
Recent years have seen action icons teaming up or facing off against each other, such as The Expendables franchise. While Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan previously co-starred in 2004's Around The World In 80 Days, they didn't have a fight sequence. The movie gods have decided to fix that with Russian blockbuster Viy 2: Journey To China.
The original Viy - AKA Forbidden Empire - was based on the Russian horror story of the same name, and starred Jason Fleming and Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones). The movie only loosely adapted the book, with Fleming's character fighting off all manner of creatures in a remote village. While the movie went straight to DVD in most countries it was a massive success in Russia. The producers decided to pull in some star power for Viy 2: Journey To China, including Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Rutger Hauer, in one of his final roles.
Viy 2: Journey To China finds Chan and Schwarzenegger in supporting roles as a wizard and sea captain respectively. While the 3D sequel is loaded with spectacular action, effects and production design, it also contains the first onscreen brawl between the two action giants. This sequence is heavily teased in trailers for the movie, and hopefully, it will prove to worth the decades-long wait. Fans in the U.S. might have to be patient, however, since while the film is scheduled for release in September 2019 in Russia, a North American release date has yet to be confirmed.