MULTI PLATNUM SELLING MUSICIAN AND ACTOR TYRESE GIBSON STARS AS 'MACHINE GUN JOE'
Terminal Island: The very near future.
The world's hunger for extreme sports and reality competitions has grown into reality TV bloodlust. Now, the most extreme racing competition has emerged and its contestants are murderous prisoners. Tricked-out cars, caged thugs and smoking-hot navigators combine to create a juggernaut series with bigger ratings than the Super Bowl. The rules of the DEATH RACE are simple: Win five events, and you're set free. Lose and you're road kill splashed across the Internet.
JASON STATHAM (the Transporter series, The Bank Job) stars as three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames, an ex-con framed for a gruesome murder. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein, a Death Race crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill, Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island's ruthless Warden Hennessey (JOAN ALLEN of the Bourne Supremacy and The Borne Ultimatum): Suit up and drive or never see his little girl again. His face hidden by a hideous mask, one convict will enter an insane three-day challenge in order to gain freedom. But to claim the prize, Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals including nemesis Machine Gun Joe (TYRESE GIBSON of Transformers, 2 Fast 2 Furious) in the toughest prison. Trained by his coach (IAN McSHANE of Deadwood, The Golden Compass) to drive a monster Mustang V8 Fastback outfitted with 2 mounted mini-guns, flamethrowers and napalm, and innocent man will destroy everything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.
For his role, Tyrese knew playing a ruthless murderer would challenge. "Machine Gun Joe is evil," "He's an inmate, a leader and a killer. This role was so dark. It was really hard for me to come on set and be dark and then, between takes, get back to being my normal self: fun, laughing, cracking jokes."
Director/producer PAUL W.S. ANDERSON (Resident Evil series AVP: Alien vs. Predator) reimagines ROGER CORMAN'S classic Death Race 20 for the screen. On the production, he is joined for Death Race by producers PAULA WAGNER (Mission: Impossible series War of the Words) and JEREMY BOLT (Resident Evil: Apocalypse Resident Evil: Extinction). The behind-the-scenes creative team that brings the shocking reality show to life includes director of photography SCOTT KEVAN, editor NIVEN HOWIE, production designer PAUL DENHAM AUSTERBERRY and composer PAUL HASLINGER. Death Race is written by Paul W. S Anderson and based on the screenplay by ROBERT THOM and CHARLES GRIFFITH, from a story by IB MELCHIOR. The film's executive producers are Roger Corman, DENNIS E. JONES, DON GRANGER and RYAN KAVANAUGH.
Death Race opens nationwide August 22nd.
A BlackTree Media Production
Produced by Jamaal Finkley
Hosted by Ameerah Banks
Footage Courtesy of Universal Pictures