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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!
The Champ Is Here!
This past week was cause for celebration amongst action fans. After an eight-year long wait, everyone's favorite Russian prison fighter has returned to the ring in Boyka: Undisputed. The reason for the long wait has been well documented (rampant piracy) and if fans don't support this film, we may never see Boyka again. To all the fans who supported this film by buying it on disc, you are awesome people and we appreciate you for fighting the good fight. But our work as fans doesn't end there, the war must be fought on a new front; we need to make this a hit on Netflix! A Genre Against the Ropes?
It's no secret that the career of Scott Adkins (and by extension, the entire DTV Action genre) has been undercut by internet piracy. It's lead to lower budgets, tighter schedules and has prevented the hard working filmmakers and action stars from gaining any ground in their careers. These are people making some of the best pure action movies in the A…
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.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…