EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Knoxville has been set to star alongside Jackie Chan in Skiptrace, the Renny Harlin-directed film that has just begun shooting in China. Last I wrote about this, Chan was going to star opposite Seann William Scott and X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing in the tale of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Bingbing is in, but Scott exited and Knoxville has stepped up to play that role. The tone of the movie is Midnight Run.
Chan, who hatched the idea, is producing with Brian Gatewood, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani and Charlie Coker. Jay Longino, Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, and BenDavid Grabinski all had a hand in the script and Rodney Rothman is polishing. Dasym Entertainment and Beijing-based Talent International Film are co-financing and co-producing. Notably, Skiptrace got approved as a co-production by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) – helped by the fact that Chan and Bingbing are two of China’s most popular superstars. The film is shooting in Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau and Guangxi.
Knoxville, who most recently starred in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and provided the voice of Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. WME reps Chan, BingBing and Longino and WME Global is repping domestic. Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s BLOOM are handling international sales on Skiptrace?