Jean-Claude Van Damme hits UK to shoot UFO

Writer and director Dominic Burns has revealed how he got Jean-Claude Van Damme to star in his British sci-fi movie UFO : he emailed the actor's wife.

Burns admits he was surprised by the response, telling BBC News he was “astonished when the star agreed to play the role.”

Van Damme will play a retired military advisor in the movie and according to the director the muscles from Brussels is looking forward to seeing Derby.

"We heard he once visited the city to take part in some sort of martial arts display for about an hour but then headed off. He'll be here for a little longer this time," Burns said.

UFO begins shooting in Derbyshire this week and also features Sean 'son of Pierce' Brosnan.