Joe Taslim added to cast of Universal sequel
After displaying fast and furious martial arts chops in “The Raid,” Indonesian thesp Joe Taslim has been tapped by director Justin Lin to join the cast of Universal’s 2013 tentpole “Fast and Furious 6.”Taslim will play the villainous role of Jah, a cold-blooded killer who uses his martial arts and parkour skills to fight the pic’s protags, led by Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez are set to return for the sequel, which has added new blood in the form of MMA fighter Gina Carano and villain Luke Evans. Plot details are scant, but sources say it would involve the crew heading overseas to work on a heist job that Evans’ rival crew has already staked out. “Fast Five” helmer Lin is returning to direct from a script by Chris Morgan. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner along with Diesel and Clayton Townsend. Pic will bow over Memorial Day weekend on May 24 next year. A Judo martial arts champ, Taslim was discovered by director Gareth Evans, who promptly cast him as one of the leads in his hit action pic “The Raid,” which Sony acquired last year at Toronto and released earlier this year. He’s repped by ICM Partners.