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‘The Raid’ star enrolls in Keanu’s ‘Chi’

Iko Uwais added to cast of Reeves' directorial debut

On the kicking heels of his explosive starring turn in “The Raid,” Indonesian thesp Iko Uwais has joined the cast of Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut “Man of Tai Chi,” an action drama in which the helmer also co-stars.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media Group are teaming to co-produce the pic, which will be co-financed and distributed by the partners and Universal Pictures.

Michael G. Cooney wrote the film, which is being produced by Lemore Syvan.

Set in modern Beijing, story follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen) whose skills present him with both exciting opportunities and painful choices.

An experienced martial artist, Uwais will fight Chen in one of the last scenes of the film, which is being shot in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau.

Man of Tai Chi,” which targets the Chinese market as well as international auds, is slated for release next year, when Reeves also toplines Universal’s big-budget samurai pic “47 Ronin.”

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Uwais starred in Gareth Evans’ second film, “Merantau,” before snagging the lead in “The Raid,” which has grossed more than $4 million in limited release stateside. An English-language remake is in development at Screen Gems. Uwais is also attached to star in Evans’ next film “Berendal,” a sequel to “The Raid” that is being produced by XYZ Films.

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