Fresh Details On Dolph Lundgren And Tony Jaa's A MAN WILL RISE

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
UPDATES: We have been in touch with a producer of the film since running this additional post and have some additional news and details. First, we are told that the JCVD rumors were never really more than that - a story that grew somewhat under its own power after a somewhat chance meeting between Jaa and Van Damme at one of the producers' houses. Van Damme was already committed elsewhere - he is about to shoot Swelter with Alfred Molina - and was never available for this. The key cast are Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren, Conan Stevens, David Ismalone and Jakkrit Kanokpodjananon, so clearly the guy in the photo I thought may have been Patrick Kazu Tang was not. Story?

The film is an action film with comedy elements set in 1950's Thailand. A local gangster terrorizes a town. When a young local man stands up to the gangster the villain brings in a group of foreign hit men who like to dress as cowboys to pacify the town. Ultimately only one man can rise up to bring them down and save the town.

So, yes, that's Dolph as a cowboy hitman. Original post follows.

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It was back in late January that rumblings began to emerge that Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa was slated to co-star with Jean Claude Van Damme in an upcoming international action film. The project at the time was titled Local Hero and we're told that project has shifted slightly with Dolph Lundgren now starring opposite Jaa and retitled A Man Will Rise.

The first images from behind the scenes have arrived, tipping the fact that it is some sort of Eastern / Western with Conan Stevens (Game Of Thrones) and - I believe - Patrick Kazu Tang (Raging Phoenix)  Jakkrit Kanokpodjananon also starring. We're told Tang may also be contributing on the fight choreography side of things.

Beyond the simple fact that this means that Jaa is now sprung from the limbo that is Tom Yum Goong 2 - the release date on that has been pushed back again, and is now looking at December of this year - this would also indicate that Jaa is now clear of his exclusive contract with Sahamongkol and free to take on international projects.

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  • tman418

    I am losing respect for Tony Jaa. I don't understand how Sahamongkol hasn't already lost all of their respect for him already, or just shred all ties with him. Seriously, his last REAL profitable film was "Tom Yum Goong/The Proector/Honor of the Dragon/Warrior King." And now, after delaying "Tom Yum Goong 2" for his wedding, he now just leaves the project to do THIS film? Is he going to come back or work on both projects simultaneously, or are they just gonna forget about "Tom Yum Goong 2?" I think that last option would make life easier for everyone involved with Tony Jaa.

  • TYG2 is pretty much done shooting, possibly even finished at this point. Sahamongkol sent out an email announcing that they would be showing an hour of rough footage in private screenings in the Cannes market so they're nearing the finish line, at least. And, at this point, I believe the contractual ties between Tony and Sahamongkol ARE over. TYG2 was the last title under his big studio contract there.

  • tman418

    Good. Tony Jaa seriously needs to learn some film-making discipline before doing anything else big.

  • Just confirmed that Tony's directing this one - I knew he had plans to direct another but didn't know this was it until just now - but he's got Panna and another guy on as assistants / support this time.

  • Mateusz R. Orzech

    And I was hoping that Dolph will play a good guy and will not be, as he lately is often, beaten again. Nevertheless it'll be very nice to see him and Jaa in one flick, hopefully a decent one.

  • ricksomchai

    Why did JCVD back out if he wanted to make a come back this was his shot... Jaa is well know to this generation and would have helped pull the spotlight back on JCVD or is it possible JCVD will be the bad guy? ether way Lundgren looks great for this role any news of Ong Bak 4 wait..December release of TYG2!! I just got wind it was set in August 2013

  • I hadn't heard August but it's certainly possible they've moved it again.

  • RoboticPlague

    Bangkok Noon

  • andrewz

    That pic of Lundgren makes me think of a younger Robert Duvall. Never thought I'd say that.

  • Yeah, the mustache suits him.

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