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. 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. It was written and directed by Lior Gellar, who was inspired to expand the story to a feature-length film after “a chance ride-along with a Washington, D.C. gang detective through the neighborhoods just outside of Capitol Hill.” This experience solidified for Gellar the idea that “now more than ever is the time to tell a story of undocumented teenagers who dream of one day waking up outside the nightmarish reality of their violent upbringing, and of a man who will do anything to escape his own inner demons.” 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).
We exclusively talked to Elijah Rodriguez who is very well known for his role in the film Sicario. He spoke to us about his experience working with Jean-Claude Van Damme. The importance of the story behind We Die Young and how is relates to current social issues we are seeing in our government. In addition, how was working with actor David Castañeda again in another big production.