Fast And Furious 6 Adds The Raid: Redemption's Joe Taslim

If you missed out on The Raid: Redemption earlier this year, you missed some of the best fight choreography and martial arts ever seen on the big screen. And while a lot of the credit needs to be given to writer/director Gareth Evans, the skills of the stars involved cannot be ignored either. And now one of those stars is getting his chance to make his American cinema debut.

Variety reports that Joe Taslim, who played hero cop Jaka in the Indonesian action hit, has landed a role in Fast and Furious 6. The film, set to be directed by Justin Lin, has assigned Taslim the role of a villain named Jah who challenges stars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel with his serious martial arts and parkour skills. Production has already begun on the project, will which will also feature actors Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano and Tyrese Gibson. Evans is playing the central villain of the movie, and while plot details have not yet been released it's been said that the crew will be once again making their way overseas. Chris Morgan, who wrote the last three Fast and Furious movies, is handling script duties and Neal Moritz, who has produced each film in the series since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, is back as well.

Universal Pictures will be distributing the movie and has already set it with a May 24, 2013 release date.

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