November 16, 2010 at 05:47 PM EST

Image Credit: Tony Barson/WireImage.com; Anthony G. Moore/PR PhotosJean-Claude Van Damme has signed on for a supporting role in Dragon Eyes, the action flick starring martial artist Cung Le that Joel Silver will exec produce. According to After Dark Films, Van Damme will co-star as the mysterious mentor who once trained Le’s character, Ryan Hong, who has just arrived in a neighborhood blighted by drug crime and official corruption, ready to use his fists and his street smarts to take on the local gangs and the police.” Hong inspires residents and gang members alike to reclaim their community. The movie, helmed by John Hyams (who directed Van Damme in Universal Soldier: Regeneration) and produced by Courtney Solomon, will start shooting at the end of the month. This is the second of five action films After Dark will produce with Silver. The first movie, Transit, starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain, Elisabeth Rohm, and Harold Perrineau, is in post-production. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Van Damme has also booked a cameo in the new Muppets movie (along with Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis).

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