Bai comes aboard to 'Crank' it


Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam and Efren Ramirez will reprise their roles in the Jason Statham action sequel "Crank: High Voltage," with Bai Ling joining the cast to play a prostitute.

The Lionsgate/Lakeshore Entertainment production revolves around hard-charging hit man Chev Chelios (Statham), his girlfriend (Smart), his concerned doctor (Yoakam) and the cross-dresser who loves him (Ramirez).

Bai ("Love Ranch") will play Rai, a call girl obsessively pursuing Chelios for romantic reasons.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who directed the 2006 original, return to helm "High Voltage," which Lionsgate will distribute in North America and Lakeshore will rep for international sales.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Skip Williamson and Richard Wright will produce.

Bai is repped by Paradigm, Smart by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment, Yoakam by WMA and Ramirez by Kazarian/ Spencer & Associates and Ken Jacobson Management Group.