Vietnamese actor Johnny Tri Nguyen, who made his debut in Kollywood with Suriya starrer 7aam Arivu, is said to be the villain in Vijay’s Sarkar.
Interestingly, both 7aam Arivu and Sarkar are directed by A R Murugadoss. It was the filmmaker who felt that Johnny would fit the bill well for the negative role, sources said.
Sources say that only five days shoot left in Chennai and the crew will be shifting the base to the USA for another ten days and with that schedule, Murugadoss will be wrapping up the film.
“Murugadoss has been impressed by his martial arts and has roped in Johnny for the project,” sources add. It may be recalled that the actor had als appeared in Atharvaa’s Irumbu Kuthirai.
Johnny Trí Nguyễn is a Vietnamese American actor, stuntman and martial arts choreographer who is mainly active in the Vietnamese film industry.
Born in Bình Dương, Saigon, Vietnam, Nguyen and his family immigrated to the United States of America when he was 9. He competed as a martial artist on the U.S. national team, and then transitioned into a career as a stuntman in Hollywood, working on films such as Spider-Man 2 and Jarhead.
Abdullah later returned to Vietnam and starred in The Rebel, a period martial arts film released in 2007 and directed by his brother Charlie Nguyen. It was a massive success in Vietnam, garnering unprecedented attention for a locally made film.
Nguyen followed The Rebel by starring in a steady stream of hit films, many of which were directed by his brother, including Clash in 2009, De Mai tinh in 2010, and Teo Em in 2013, all of which broke box office records at the time of release.