Ultimate Fighting Championship icon Anderson Silva — along with a handful of “big celebrities” — is starring in a Hollywood motion picture that will be partly produced in London over the next couple of months.
Tapped, scheduled to arrive in theatres next year, will be filmed in downtown London beginning Monday through mid-October.
“We’re not at liberty to discuss the logistics and budgets, but we’ve been told it’s the biggest film that has been shot in London,” said Allan Ungar, director of Tapped.
Other UFC stars, namely Lyoto Machida and Krzysztof Soszynski, will appear in the “Karate Kid meets MMA” full-length movie being produced by Tapped Pictures.
Ungar and company are looking to create a buzz in the local community by inviting out members of the public to act as extras in certain scenes.
“We want people at Fanshawe College to know, at Western University to know, and the locals, too,” he said, adding they’ll be casting, for the most part, people 15 and older.
Ungar would neither confirm nor deny if Silva, a 37-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist, will be in town for the London-based productions. He said those details, as well as more concrete information pertaining to extra tryouts, are going to be released over the next couple of weeks.
The tax exemptions are great, the mayor has been great — he’s very excited. Tourism London is excited. Everybody has just been very accommodating to us. It also represents a very Michigan feel. — Ungar, on why Tapped Pictures chose London
What’s for certain, though, is world-renowned MMA hub, London’s own Adrenaline Training Centre, will be involved in the film — albeit likely in a minor capacity.
“He’s asking me to walk one of the (movie’s fighters) down to the cage in one of the scenes,” Alex Gasson, a manager at Adrenaline, said when asked about his role.