Michael Rooker has joined the cast of the upcoming horror thriller The Belko Experiment, writer/producer James Gunn announced today on Facebook. The Walking Dead star, last seen as Yondu in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, will play the role of Bud Melks, head of maintenance in the Belko Building.
The film follows the employees of the mysterious Belko Corporation, who find themselves forced to either kill one another or be killed for unknown reasons. Directed by Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment is produced by Gunn and Peter Safran. Filming is set to start in Columbia this June. Rooker joins recently announced cast members John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, and Melonie Diaz. He’s managed by LINK Entertainment.
Bai Ling (The Crow) will appear in the action comedy Maximum Impact, joining Eddie Griffin, Kelly Hu, Eric Roberts, and Tom Arnold. The film is about a team comprised of Russian FSB agents and American Secret Service agents assembled to rescue the granddaughter of the US Secretary of State after she’s kidnapped by an Asian crime syndicate, before her disappearance can trigger a worldwide financial meltdown. Andrzej Bartkowiak (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Doom) is directing from a script by Ross LaManna (the Rush Hour series). Bartkowiak also produces.
Ling is repped by Artists International Management, and Mavrick Artists.