New Poster Art, Cast Details And Release Date For Tony Jaa's TOM YUM GOONG 2

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Heads up fans of Tony Jaa: There are rumblings on several fronts from the upcoming Tom Yum Goong 2.

Up first is the new artwork, which you see to the left. It may seem a minor note but it's worth pointing out that Jaa is the only one featured on the new poster, which is a change from the earlier art which also featured co-star Jija Yanin prominently. I take this as a sign that the footage is turning out well and Yanin - along with Born To Fight star Dan Chupong, who is also in here - is no longer considered necessary to market and sell the film. This is a good ting for fans hoping for a Jaa rebound.

Second? Due to production delays the Thai release of the film has now been pushed back from its planned December release to May of 2013. Principal photography on the film began in August of 2011 and is still ongoing with Twitch learning that at least one international fighter has been asked to shoot scenes in Thailand in the coming weeks - we're waiting for word that contracts have actually been signed before saying who, but it's good - meaning that photography has now stretched out for well over a year but the end is reportedly in sight. Time will tell if that May release date sticks.

And, finally, Sahamongkol have confirmed that the RZA has joined the cast in what they call a 'featured' part. RZA tweeted from the set some time back and Thai media have reported his involvement - his Man With The Iron Fists stunt double Marrese Crump has been part of the cast from day one -  but this is the first I've seen that confirmed from within the production company.
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  • Saw the promo for this yesterday. They're really pushing the RZA appearance - he leads off the promo - even moreso than Jija. Footage is still quite raw and needs a lot of work so don't want to comment on it too much but it's quite clear that the no wire / no CGI rule for Tony's stuff has gone out the window. There's plenty of both, generally used to create some pretty goofy 3D effects.

  • tman418

    Finally! I hope there's actually a good script this time.

  • ricksomchai

    Just an FYI According to Kazu Patrick Tang, Dan Chupong is 100% not in this film and he is going to be doing the opening ceremony for his new stand alone film very soon.

  • Glad they've got him working on something ...

  • anewperson

    I'm just glad Jaa is back to doing what he does best which isn't weird Thai fantasy films. I understand the guy loves his culture and what not but the ong bak squeals were a chore to sit through. I hope they choose to film the fights a little more standard this time around. I remember the ong bak sequels suffered from to close/to many cuts to make them an enjoyable experience like his first films.

  • Ard Vijn

    As for the long shoot: it's in 3D so maybe they have to shoot everything twice if they have only one camera?

  • hahahaaaaa!!! i dont know if u are joking or serious or both but that just made me laugh out loud vigorously thank you :)

  • ricksomchai

    I a little confused with all the according to several members of the Panna stunt team Deaw Chupong is not even in the film. He was only part of the opening ceremony, witch would be a bit of a let down. Also this news of an international fighter being in it as well, they have been said to be done with the fight scenes. Marrese Crump is done filming, Kazu Patrick Tong is done and even the Panna stunt team is done, the more the better i guess. hmm they are really taking their time on this, this is Jaa's last film with Sahamongkol? It seems they are dragging it out also out of any and all on location fighting photos I have seen there has not been one photo of Jeeja Yannin I have a feeling her role is rather small.

  • Dan was definitely included in the cast in the original announcement. I believe the original market art also included him, and he's still listed in the cast on the IMDB. That said, this has gone on so long that pretty much anything could have happened between now and then. Personally, I'd prefer someone wrote a good project specifically for Dan rather than just tucking him into support parts.

    As for the fight stuff, I can't say who it is or even if it's definitely going to happen - and, no, it's not who you're probably thinking - because nothing has been finalized but I know for sure that they approached someone and offered him a one on one fight with Tony that was to shoot in late October or early November. So they're not done yet.

  • ricksomchai

    I think Dan is kida taking the fall for Ong Bak 3 most Thai dont like him very much. However I feel he did a good job with what was given to him. Hope to see more from him in the future. also Kazu Tong seems to be working a lot hes been all over the place working and is now in HK Im waiting for his first stand alone film Dragon Wolf.

  • Really? But Dan was 100% brought in to SAVE Ong Bak 2 and 3! Panna created his character after Tony had his meltdown and the film was taken away from him! It's not his fault that the studio didn't trust Tony to turn in decent fights while bringing things to a close ...

  • ricksomchai

    hmm thats just the impression I got, many Thai dont like the Crow Ghost because of the black magic thing. So the role kinda made Dan look bad. Ong Bak 3 was also a fail so he an easy target to blame that on. But this is just the impression I have gotten from speaking to other Thais about it. One more note is Dan really did not even do a lot of his work on the film, even the wire work. a lot of credit should go to Kowjao Kapo for doing a lot of his stunts and hard to do fighting.if you watch the film again you will see thats not always Dan it also Kowjao. He was also in BKO fighting in the cage with the black hood on.

  • Marcel Samson

    This time the fight get beyond? Aren't they missing an "s" somewhere? :P

  • tman418

    You should look at Japanese English signs and ads. They are hilarious.

  • jah p

    I wonder how many reshoots are these guys gonna do?This should have been out months ago....

  • Cannes is May, actually, and yes, they rolled it out there for industry folk. I hadn't seen a decent res version of it out in the wild until they sent it out in a mailer this morning, though.

  • EvilDollaR

    New Poster Art? This is a poster from Cannes Film Market (early June 2012)

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