Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hi-Jaa! Skin Trade sneak, back to Fast and Furious 7, love from JCVD

Catching up on news of Tony Jaa, the martial-arts star has recently wrapped up the Thai portion of production on Skin Trade, and he shared a sneak peek at the film on his Facebook page (embedded below).

According to Flicking Myth, the film stars Jaa and Dolph Lundgren along with Peter Weller, Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman and Celina Jade. Lundgren is a New York police detective whose family is killed by a Serbian mobster (Perlman). Following a lead, he ends up in Bangkok and teams up with a Thai cop (Jaa) to put an end to the Serbian mobster's human-trafficking ring.

Lundgren and Jaa had previously teamed up on the Eastern western A Man Will Rise – a movie that seems unlikely to see the light of day, thanks to Jaa's split with studio Sahamongkol Film International.

Skin Trade is directed by Beautiful Boxer helmer Ekachai Uekrongtham. He's been busy lately, having just put together a new tourist-oriented stage show, Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives at Bangkok's Asiatique the Riverfront.

According to an anonymous, unsolicited e-mail, there's a controversy within the Thai film industry regarding Skin Trade and its status as a Thai or foreign production. Suffice to say, I'll be very surprised if the film is ever publicly screened in Thailand.

Meanwhile, according to Movies with Butter, Jaa will rejoin the cast of Fast and Furious 7 which resumes production in June after a hiatus due to the death of franchise star Paul Walker.

Jaa talks about Skin Trade and Fast and Furious 7 in an interview with the Action Elite.

And a last piece of Jaa catch-up, also from Movies with Butter – longtime mutual admirers Jaa and Jean-Claude Van Damme hope to make a movie together someday. For now, they are just making cute YouTube videos together (embedded below).

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