Bridgeport’s Michael Jai White to star in indie action flick

Michael Jai White is no stranger to action films, having starred as Al Simmons in  “Spawn,” Jax in “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and the title character in “Black Dynamite.”

Now, White, a Bridgeport native and martial arts master, is back at it again — this time, playing an ex-marine who travels to Brazil’s slums to hunt down his sister’s killers.

Produced by Los Angeles-based Moonstone Entertainment, “Favela” centers on former marine John “Falcon” Chapman (White), a “dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy,” making him “a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry,” according to Moonstone Entertainment.

The movie also stars Neal McDonough (“Band of Brothers,” “Desperate Housewives”), Lateef Crowder Dos Santo, Laila Ali and Hazuki Kato.

“Favela” is the first installment of Moonstone’s new “Falcon” action franchise. The series is set to “follow Chapman as he is sent to exotic locations to do the foreign ministry’s dirty work.” It will be directed by Isaac Florentine, who has been behind several straight-to-video action movies (whether or not “Favela” will follow suit remains to be seen).

The film is set for a fall release.

Growing up in Bridgeport’s East End and North End neighborhoods, White went on to work at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA. It was there that he trained in martial arts and earned his first black belt (he now has seven).

Scott Gargan