Seven first look stills as production on the sequel kicks off.

Production on ‘The Raid 2’ (Indonesian title, ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’), the sequel to the wildly popular international hit ‘The Raid’ (aka ‘The Raid: Redemption’) has officially started. The film reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role.

In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. The film is currently lensing in Jakarta, Indonesia and is scheduled to shoot for over 100 days. Line producing the film is Daiwanne Ralie, with Matthew Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono serving as directors of photography.

The film will pick up right where the first film ends and follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

“We’re incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story,” said XYZ Films. “Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we’re eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal.”

“To all our fans thank you so much for your support. We can’t wait to come back and show you what we have been working on,” said writer/director Evans. “We’ll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier! Wish us luck.”

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