4:58pm PT by Borys Kit
Action Stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen to Team for First Time in 'Triple Threat'
Talk about an action-star sextuple bill.
Ong Bak star Tony Jaa, The Raid breakout Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi) will square off against Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty), UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping and action movie vet Michael Jai White in Triple Threat.
Jesse Johnson is directing the feature, which hails from Arclight Films. Mike Selby of SC Films International and Arclight’s Mike Gabrawy and Gary Hamilton are producing. Chen also is producing, as are Elliot Tong and Ying Ye.
The action 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.
Asian actors Jaa, Uwais and Chen are the protagonists, while American thespians Adkins, Bisping and White are the villains. Joey O’Bryan wrote the script.
The project was coming together last year but fell apart. It was reconstituted with a new director, script and setting (Mexico was on the books for the previous version), as well as a new set of bad guys. Also new is the financier: Shanghai Aurora Alliance is now bankrolling the film.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am about this film, it is unique,” Jaa said Tuesday in a statement. “I don’t think that anyone has seen a cast like this in a generation.”
Gersh, which reps all the actors in its action department, packaged the film, which is eyeing an April production start in Bangkok.
Adkins was last seen fighting Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Doctor Strange, while Bisping appeared in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and will be seen in an upcoming episode of Twin Peaks. White starred in 1997's Spawn and appeared in The Dark Knight. He also played the Bronze Tiger on The CW’s Arrow.
In addition to being repped by Gersh, Jaa is repped by Mike Selby Management, Link Entertainment and Bloom Hergott while Uwais is also with Management 360 and Ricky Siahaan Management. Adkins is additionally repped by Joe Hutton at BWA Agency, Link Entertainment and Bloom/Hergott. Bisping is also repped by Paradigm Sports Management and Bloom/Hergott, and White is additionally repped by Link Entertainment.