PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announced today that production is under way on The Raid 2, director Gareth Evans' follow-up to last year's action-packed thrill ride The Raid: Redemption. Accompanying the announcement are the first seven photos, featuring The Raid: Redemption star Iko Uwais on the set. Take a look at these photos, then read the official press release for more details.

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PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announce the start of production for The Raid 2 (Indonesian title, The Raid 2: Bernadal), the sequel to the wildly popular international hit The Raid (aka The Raid: Redemption). The film reunites writer/director Gareth Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. Ario Sagantoro is producing for PT Merantau Films, along with Nathaniel Bolotin, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Todd Brown for XYZ Films. Executive producing are Rangga Maya Barack-Evans and Irwan D. Musry.

In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. The film is currently lensing in Jakarta, Indonesia and is scheduled to shoot for over 100 days. Line producing the film is Daiwanne Ralie, with Matthew Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono serving as directors of photography.

Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

The Raid: Redemption premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It went on to play at Sundance and SXSW, before enjoying a theatrical release in the United States through Sony Pictures Classics. The film is approaching $15M in global box office.

XYZ and PT Mereantau Films are also in post-production on Killers, which is co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, with Gareth Evans and Rangga Maya Barack-Evans executive producing. Evans and Tjahjanto recently collaborated on Safe Haven, a celebrated segment in the horror anthology film S-VHS, which just premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

XYZ Films recently premiered Calvin Reeder's The Rambler at Sundance as well. Here's what XYZ Films said in a statement.

"We're incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story. Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we're eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal."

Gareth Evans also released a statement regarding his sequel.

"To all our fans thank you so much for your support. We can't wait to come back and show you what we have been working on. We'll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier! Wish us luck."

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired the film for the United States, Spain, Latin America and South Africa, and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.