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Tony Jaa Rejoins The Production Of NEVER BACK DOWN 3
It's always great when chance favors the hopeful, and it's no secret that fans have hoped to see Tony Jaa in the company of our current cast line-up for the production of Never Back Down 3 in Thailand from Stage 6. White reprises his role from the 2011 titular sequel as ex-convict, martial artist and former professional fighter Case Walker who now decides to revert back to a career in the ring where fans will see plenty of fighting prowess from folks like Ron Smoorenburg, Brahim Achabbakhe, Nathan Jones and former UFC champion Josh Barnett.
As for Jaa's appearance, it was speculated earlier that he wouldn't be able to partake in the production due to his recently-wrapped promotional tour for Soi Cheang's SPL 2: A Time For Consequences. Gladly enough, with the tour being done, a new set picture from White via social media changed all that.
From L to R: Esai Morales, Josh Barnett, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White and Gillian Illiana Waters
So, there you have it! Jaa is here to stay and it's not known to what degree that will entail, but he'll also be one of two Thai action powerhouses joining the cast with Chocolate star Jeeja Yanin being the other. At any rate, with White directing, Ross Clarkson behind the lens and Larnell Stovall designing the action, there will be fights, there will be action, and it will be glorious. Stick around!
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.