4:17pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo Join Nicolas Cage in 'Jiu Jitsu'
Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo have joined Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi in the martial-arts action feature Jiu Jitsu.
Also added to the cast are Rick Yune, The 100 actress Marie Avgeropoulos and JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny).
Dimitri Logothetis will direct Jiu Jitsu, which is based on the comic book of the same name and which Logothetis wrote with Jim McGrath. The film features Moussi as a Jiu Jitsu fighter who every six years must face off against an alien invader, Brax. Cage’s character teams up with him in a battle to defeat Brax.
Shooting is scheduled to begin later this month.
Jiu Jitsu is being produced by Logothetis and Martin Barab, with Highland Film Group handling worldwide sales.
Jaa, whose credits include xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Furious 7, is repped by Gersh, Zero Gravity and Bloom Hergott. Grillo, who was last in theaters with Avengers: Endgame, is with CAA and Management 360.
Yune is repped by Paradigm; Avgeropoulos is with UTA; and Chan is repped by Gersh and Goodman Schenkman.