Sung Kang from Fast & Furious Joins Stephen Amell in Code 8
Fans of The Flash and Arrow are getting a very special treat soon. Cousins Stephen and Robbie Amell are teaming up for a crowdfunded sci-fi flick called Code 8 that started filming earlier this month and were recently joined by Sung Kang from the Fast & Furious franchise.
The full length feature is based on a short that Robbie Amell and Kang starred in. Co-written by Jeff Chan and Chris Paré and directed by Chan, the 10 minute short below is stylish and slick. It shows a lot of promise for the film.
The story takes place in an alternate reality where 4% of the population possesses some sort of ability, ranging from class 1 (pretty useless) to class 5 (dangerous). These specials are treated as second class citizens and have trouble with employment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie Amell plays Conner Reed, a special trying to scrape by. After an altercation breaks out when he and his friend are stiffed by an employer, the militarized police force led by Agent Park (Kang) tracks them down, only to get more than they bargained for. Stephen Amell is playing Garrett, the head of a crimal gang that Reed may need to join to help his family.
Both the Amells are on hiatus from their respective shows, but they have stressed that they will be calling in favors, which may include some of their castmates rounding out the film’s character list. Victor Garber from The Flash was reported to be joining in a ScreenRant article from last year.
The Amells have already called in a favor from their fandoms by funding the project on Indiegogo in a campaign that is still ongoing (so if you want to grab some swag and help with the post-production, here’s your chance). The campaign started off in April 2016 with a $200,000 goal and was fully funded in two days. It broke the record for the highest crowdfunded Canadian film, and as of this writing, it’s raised just under $2 million. All money raised goes into making the film the best it can be.
Part of the perks of funding Code 8 is attending premieres in various cities in the US, Canada, and the UK. These premieres are slated for October and November of this year. In addition to acting, Stephen Amell is a partner in Nocking Point wines, a wine club based in Walla Walla, Washington, that ships different local wines to members, also in the US, Canada, and the UK.