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Images of Candice Hillebrand’s Nina Williams Live-Action 04 MAR 2010

Ages ago (back in November 2008) I popped in a quick blog post asking the question as to whatever happened to SA actress/singer export Candice Hillebrand, ending off with the announcement that she landed the role of Nina Williams in the upcoming Tekken live-action movie. Well, in the meantime production on the film has nearly been wrapped up and despite the fact that we all know it is going to suck thanks to the fact that movies based on fighting games, particularly fighting tournaments, have always sucked, I must say that from the images released so far, this movie has got to be given credit for capturing the feel of the game as closely as what it has.

It’s got a couple of recognisable names in the forms of Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Cung Le, Darrin Dewitt Henson and Luke Goss, and is directed by Dwight H. Little who has a couple of movies to his name like Deep Blue, Murder at 1600 and The Phantom of the Opera (1989 horror).

As for the film summary itself, Tekken is set in 2039, an apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by the great World Wars. Governments no longer exist, instead replaced by corporations, the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. In order to entertain the seething masses of its territory, Mishima organises the King of Iron Fist Tournament which rewards the last man standing with a lifetime of stardom and wealth. Jin Kazama is a rebellious teenage street fighter who enters the tournament in order to avenge the death of his mother which he blames upon Mishima Zaibatsu’s powerful chairman, Heihachi Mishima. But getting to the end of the tournament and exposing the dark underbelly of Tekken along the way is not going to be an easy task – particularly when you are still in the process of battling your own inner demons first!

Now as I obviously haven’t seen the movie myself yet, I can’t really judge it too harshly or even analyse it just yet, but looking at the pictures below, shame, Candice really could have been given a better fitting costume to work with, don’t you think? :)

Yup, Candice (on the left) really wished she made it to that costume fitting session after all.

I believe I can fly...

Finish Him!... Oh wait, wrong franchise.

Finish Him!... Oh wait, wrong franchise.

Let's face it, capoeira will always look cool, even in bad movies.

Damn! Missed him by a mile with that one!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekken_(film)

Whatever Happened to Candice Hillebrand? General Nonsense 22 NOV 2008

Candice HillebrandYou know, back in the day, everyone was thinking that it was going to be Candice Hillebrand that would crack America wide open and bring much needed fame and glory to South Africa. She was very good looking, talented, loved by all thanks to her long-running stint as KTV child presenter, and well, just plain and simple one of those South African celeb icons that everyone knew about. Good on the fashion ramp, good behind a microphone and good on set. What more could you ask for?

So she left our shores seeking fame and fortune in the land of the brave and the free…

…and simply fizzled out into obscurity.

I hear now that she’s been contracted to play the part of Nina Williams in the upcoming 2009 Tekken movie, based on Namco’s extremely popular fighting game franchise. The screenplay is written by Alan McElroy (Spawn, The Marine) and is directed by Dwight Little (Anacondas, Murder at 1600) with fight choreography by Dion Lam (Spider-Man 2, Doom, Red Cliff).

So far, the press release for the movie pins the storyline as being: “In order to put to rest the ghosts of his past, Jin Kazama enters the Tekken tournament, a fierce and dangerous competition featuring the world’s best martial artists. Following close behind him is Zheng, a rebel monk looking to save Jin from his own inner demons. While on the surface Tekken appears to be the corporation of the future, Jin and Zheng expose a dark underbelly that could threaten the very threads of humanity.”

What worries me however is a) Crystal Sky Pictures is a rather small production house that seems rather intent on producing B-grade stuff and b) it has a director that says things like this: “Tekken will not be anything like Mortal Kombat or any of the Lara Croft movies. You will get the feeling of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. A chance to get to know the characters before the inevitable slap down. It will have plenty of ‘A’ list actors… Our budget is good so we shouldn’t have problem there.”

(That said, at least we do get Luke Goss (as British boxer Steve Fox), a name you might recognise from this year’s Hellboy 2 where he played the part of everyone’s favourite villain, Prince Nuada.)

Oh well, at least Candice will get to kick some onscreen butt then – because she certainly isn’t making any impact over there on the other side of the world. Perhaps she should think of trying to get on Charlize Theron’s friends list?

After all, Facebook must be good for something other than poking…