Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo Join Nicolas Cage in the Film Adaptation of the Sci-Fi Action Comic JIU JITSU
We’ve got some cool new casting new regarding the big screen adaptation of the sci-fi action comic book Jiu Jitsu. Nicolas Cage was previously cast in the film along with Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation, Kickboxer: Armageddon). Now they are being joined by Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Furious 7, Monster Hunter) and Frank Grillo (Captain America, The Purge).
I’m sure many of you aren’t familiar with Jiu Jitsu, so I have a synopsis here to share with you that I think will get some of you excited. This actually sounds like it could be a pretty radical sci-fi movie! Check it out:
Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious alien in a battle to protect Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have played by the rules…until now. When celebrated war hero Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi) is defeated by Brax, the Alien invader, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from amnesia, Jake is rescued by Wylie (Nicolas Cage), Keung (Tony Jaa), Harrigan (Frank Grillo) and his team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters. They must help Jake to regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind.
Yep… I’m sold. That sounds like it’ll be a crazy fun flick! It’s being co-written by the the authors of the comic, Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis, and Logothetis will also be directing the film. He had this to say in a statement:
“Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi joining superstar Nicolas Cage for some formidable, no holds barred fight sequences set in exotic Burma.”
The movie will also star Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen), Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100), and JuJu Chan (Wu Assassins). Filming is scheduled to begin on June 24th, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!