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New Teaser Released For Jean-Claude Van Damme's Amazon Series

Jean-Claude Van Damme, star of Bloodsport and a metric ton of movies that aren't Bloodsport, is returning to flex, stretch, and kick ass on Amazon in the first teaser for the Belgian martial artist's new television series, Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

A work of metatextual material in the same vein as the actor's fourth-wall-breaking 2008 movie JCVDJean-Claude Van Johnson will follow a fictionalized version of the global superstar who, under the alias of "Johnson," operates as the most dangerous private contractor in the world, according to the show's synopsis. The series is being spun out of a pilot episode that Amazon released a year ago, as part of a greenlighting project that moves shows into production based on votes and user interest. 

The official show synopsis is just as coy about the line between reality and fiction as the teaser is: "Unhappily retired, he's now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood, until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he's ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel," the synopsis reads, before adding: "Just kidding it's himself."

While the teaser doesn't provide a lot of context as to what the show as a whole will really look like. For that, you should watch the pilot episode, which is currently available to members of Amazon Prime. 

The teaser does do a pretty perfect job of setting the tone, though, showing Van Damme in a dark garage welding a giant statue of himself, captured in mid-air, doing the splits. "This was a... terrible idea," the actor says as the spot concludes. The teaser leaves viewers with far more questions than it does answers. What's he building that statue for? Can he still do the splits at his age? We'll have to tune in and find out.

In addition to Van Damme, Jean-Claude Van Johnson also stars Phylicia Rashad, Kat Foster and Moises Arias in lead roles. It's produced by Van Damme, Peter Atencio (Key and Peele), Ridley Scott, and David W. Zucker.

No release date for the new episodes has yet been announced. See the pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson on Amazon Prime, and check out the poster for the new series below.