|Max Zhang strikes a pose in The Grandmaster|
Actor Tony Jaa is currently preparing to join several other celebrities for the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where it just so happens filming has resumed for Jaa’s Hollywood debut, Fast And Furious 7 in the neighboring city of Abu Dhabi; Make no mistake though, the international action hero did previously state he would finish filming his scenes in June, so it is likely we will not here much from this end unless we are informed otherwise. At any rate, it will still be a busy year for the actor who just wrapped up Skin Trade with Dolph Lundgren and Michael Jai White and will soon be joining a stellar new line up of actors for the upcoming production of The Monkey King helmer Terence Cheung‘s next film, S.P.L. 2, the long awaited follow-up to the 2005 crime thriller which starred Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Hung and Wu Jing, and was directed by Wilson Yip who is officially back as the producer for the next film.
This week, there are now more reports that Yam will also be returning, and possibly to reprise his old character, which obviously hints that the film will be a prequel, and you might have an idea about what that could mean if you have seen the first film. In addition, The Grandmaster and Rise Of A Legend co-star, actor and martial artist Jin Zhang (a.k.a. Max Zhang) will also be starring as the film’s main villain, Ma Sun. Jaa, Yam and Zhang will be accompanied by returning actor Jacky Wu Jing who starred in the first film as Hung’s enforcer. Also joining the production will be action choreographer Dion Lam (Spider Man 2, Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li) and actor Ken Lo, although there are no details regarding what role Lo will play if any. As you might guess, it is still pretty early to know full well what is happening with film as it has since been reported to start shooting this Spring, with Spring having already arrives. Do time will tell as we wait for the official word on who else will board this project, the plot, and whether or not the film will include the first film’s main protagonist, Yen, to some degree or another.
Stay tuned for more news ahead.
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