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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!
EXCLUSIVE: In the months since its evolution, the highly anticipated action thriller, Triple Threat (formely Makeshift Squad) has been a bookmark for many an Asian cinema fan looking to see just how this particular "Asian-Expendables" kind of movie this will bring about. The prospects have been good, too, and notably in the wake of its casting additions including headliners Tiger Chen (Man Of Tai Chi), Tony Jaa (Furious Seven) and Iko Uwais (Headshot), and particularly with 87eleven's own Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) behind the action scenes.
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
John Stockwell's Kickboxer: Vengeance is now available wherever movies are sold in the U.S. and Canada with other screenings pending. It's a film that otherwise garners caution for fans as a rebooted fanfare that nonetheless has actor and martial artist Alain Moussi leading the action vehicle next to the star of its original iteration, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.