“Sweet Girl” looks to have some interesting deviations from the usual revenge thriller blueprint. For one, the daughter who Ray is protecting already knows how to fight. Rachel is seen working out at a mixed martial arts gym and jumping onto the back of a guy trying to stab her father. She’s played by Isabela Merced, best known for her roles in “Instant Family” and the live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie. It also gestures toward social relevance by making the bad guys a pharmaceutical company. And the speed with which Momoa and the guy he’s fighting go through the window hint that the action will be pretty brutal.
In addition to Momoa and Merced, the cast includes “6 Underground” star Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, “Veep” scene stealer Nelson Franklin, and Justin Bartha from “The Hangover” as a smarmy pharmaceutical executive. The film is directed by Brian Andrew Mendoza, who, per Variety, is making his feature debut after working as a director of photography on films like “Braven,” another violent action thriller in which Jason Momoa fights to protect his family from bad guys. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner, Gregg Hurwitz, and Will Staples. In addition to starring, Momoa also serves as a producer through his company Pride of Gypsies.
“Sweet Girl” will be released exclusively on Netflix on August 20.