Action legend Jean-Claude Van Damme (Double Impact, Bloodsport) takes a powerful dramatic turn as a war veteran with PTSD helping two boys get revenge on a violent drug lord in the gritty crime thriller, We Die Young, arriving in select theaters and everywhere On Demand on March 1 from Lionsgate. Van Damme shines in this gritty action thriller set in a crime-ridden barrio of Washington, D.C.
Based on the award-winning short film Roads (2008 Student Academy Award for Honorary Foreign Film Award – Foreign Short; 2008 London Film Festival – Short Film), which screened at over 70 international film festivals and held the Guinness World Record for Most Awards Won by a Student Film, We Die Young focuses on the struggles of gang life in Washington, D.C.
We Die Young also stars Elijah Rodriguez (The Book of Life, Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Joana Metrass (TV’s “Once Upon a Time”), and David Castañeda (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, End of Watch). It was written and directed by Lior Gellar (Roads) and was produced by Sagiv Diamant (God the Father) and Gabriel Georgiev (The Hurricane Heist).
When ruthless drug lord Rincon (Castañeda) and his MS-13 gang recruit 10-year-old Miguel to work as a runner, big brother Lucas (Rodriguez) is desperate to keep Miguel safe. Fleeing for their lives, the boys are rescued by a veteran with PTSD named Daniel (Van Damme), who helps them find their revenge.