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The Universal Soldier series is a series of action films with science-fiction undertones. The series began in 1992 with Universal Soldier and as of 2012 comprises six entries, three of which are accepted as canon and three that have since been retconned. The films centered around the character of Luc Deveraux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in the canon entries) until Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which focuses on a new protagonist named John (played by Scott Adkins).

Main Cast

Chracter name Universal Soldier Universal Soldier II: Brothers in ArmsUniversal Soldier III: Unfinished BusinessUniversal Soldier: The Return Universal Soldier: Regeneration Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Luc Deveraux Jean-Claude Van Damme Matt Battaglia Matt Battaglia Jean-Claude Van Damme Jean-Claude Van Damme Jean-Claude Van Damme
Andrew Scott Dolph Lundgren Andrew Jackson Dolph Lundgren Dolph Lundgren
Magnus Andrei Arlovski Andrei Arlovski
Miles Kristopher Van Varenberg Kristopher Van Varenberg
Romeo Bill Goldberg
Seth Michael Jai White
John Scott Adkins

Films

The official entries in the series are:

The entries that have now been removed from the series canon are:

Overview

The Universal Soldier series primarily stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, who have appeared in all the official entries. Van Damme plays Luc Deveraux, a soldier killed in the Vietnam War and reanimated in the 1990s as a highly advanced super-soldier. Lundgren plays Andrew Scott, also a Vietnam soldier, who suffers a psychotic break before being reanimated and is Deveraux's nemesis for the majority of the series.

After Universal Soldier was released, the production company went bankrupt. Two TV films, Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms and Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business, were released direct-to-video, starring Matt Battaglia and Andrew Jackson as Deveraux and Scott respectively. They were produced for Showtime / The Movie Channel as a miniseries meant as a 'backdoor' pilot for a series; none of the cast nor crew of the first film were involved in any way. Van Damme eventually returned for the official sequel, Universal Soldier: The Return, which disregards the TV films entirely.

After The Return was met with overwhelming critical and financial failure, the subsequent film in the series, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, ignored and often contradicted the events of that film. The Return is no longer considered part of the series canon. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning featured Van Damme and Lundgren in much smaller roles, featuring a new protagonist named John (Scott Adkins) fighting against both Deveraux and Scott.

Future

John Hyams, director of Regeneration and Day of Reckoning, has said there may be more films to come, but until they get feedback on the fourth installment they would not yet go ahead with a fifth.


Universal Soldier series
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