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Amazon is working on a comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' has the martial artist playing a formerly-retired black ops spy.
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The man who calmly did the splits between two moving semi trucks and lived to tell the tale is starring in a comedy from Amazon. Jean-Claude Van Johnson has Jean-Claude Van Damme playing a martial arts actor who ditches retirement and steps back into his role as an undercover private contractor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yep, seriously: He's moonlighting as a spy/assassin when not filming a "reimagined action film version of Huckleberry Finn" in the show. Expendables scribe Dave Callaham is attached to write, so that should give a few clues of what to expect in terms of tone.

It's Van Damme's first TV role and it could keep him busy until the next nostalgia-fueled project rolls around. That's assuming it passes pilot muster and he doesn't take a spill while filming his next high-stakes TV commercial, of course.

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