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"The Salamander Key," featuring Fedor Emelianenko, opens March 25 in Moscow

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Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) may not be the world's top heavyweight anymore, but there's another place for his icy demeanor. The silver screen. Emelianenko co-stars in "The Salamander Key" alongside Michael Madsen and Rutger Hauer. The film debuts Friday in Moscow, the same day Emelianenko's management team, M-1 Global, holds its first Showtime-televised event, "M-1 Challenge 24: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa," in Norfolk, Va. The heavyweight shot the movie way back in October 2008 as a prepared for a bout against Andrei Arlovski at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning." Gegard Mousasi and others were flown out to help him prepare on the movie's set in Thailand. The action flick centers on group of international scientists who disappear on a remote island in Southeastern Asia while conducting advanced medical research. Emelianenko plays a member of a team sent to rescue the scientists, who have uncovered an evil plot that could destroy the world. Emelianenko's manager and M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein is a co-producer on the movie, as well as M-1 executive Sergei Matvienko. There's no word on whether the film will be released outside of Russia, though its inevitable that copies will leak on the Internet. As for the heavyweight's fighting career, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told HDNet that a return is likely for July or August. A Russian-language trailer for the movie can be viewed here.

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