We’re in an era where Asian martial arts in Hollywood productions are now not just limited to Chinese Kung Fu. Which is awesome. The West is slowly but surely embracing Silat and Muay Thai as well, these two coming chiefly from the stars of “The Raid” and “Ong Bak”, respectively. And now, we’ll get to see not one, not two, but three styles of kickass on the big screen.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter brought word that Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa and Chinese wushu star Tiger Chen (“Man Of Tai Chi”) will be joining forces in an actioner called “Triple Threat”. Chen is also producing the movie, which already has a director in relative newcomer Jesse Johnson.
The trio are set to face off against a bunch of Western fighters, namely Scott Adkins (“Doctor Strange”), UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping and Michael Jai White (“Black Dynamite”). And for a change, these guys and not the Asians are playing the villains. Sounds like a pretty cool matchup.
According to THR, the story kicks off “after a billionaire’s daughter becomes the target of a mercenary cartel. Her only protection are two down-on-their-luck fighters and a third who has vowed revenge against the others.” The project was in the works last year but fell apart, and then gained new life with a new director and a new script and setting, as well as a new set of bad guys.
Jaa in a statement: “I cannot tell you how excited I am about this film, it is unique. I don’t think that anyone has seen a cast like this in a generation.”