‘Ong Bak’ Star Tony Jaa Cast In ‘Fast & Furious 7′

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Tony Jaa Cast in Fast and Furious 7 Ong Bak Star Tony Jaa Cast In Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 has already gained attention for the addition of a new villain played by Jason Statham and its director James Wan (The Conjuring), who is said to be approaching the latest addition to the profitably sturdy action franchise as “a gritty ’70s revenge thriller.” 

Beyond Statham being added to the cast, there seems to be very few new faces to join stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. That is, until now.

THR is reporting that Thai-born action star Tony Jaa will join the cast. A stuntman-turned-actor, Jaa is best known as the star of the internationally-successful Ong Bak series, a title which translates (basically) as “Muay Thai Warrior.” Jaa starred in the original and went on to star, co-write and direct Ong Bak 2 and Ong Bak 3By most accounts, the series contains incredible fight choreography, thin storylines and almost nonexistent characterizations.

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Still, it’s been successful enough to get Hollywood’s attention. Jaa’s role in Fast & Furious 7 will be his first big studio release as well as his first English-speaking role.

Jaa expressed his excitement over the casting in an e-mail from Thailand:

“I have been a big fan of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. The films are fast-paced, fun and keep the audience involved. There is a great mix of humor and action, something I really appreciate. There is no better film to be involved in for a first U.S. studio production.”

When asked if he relished the opportunity to potentially go head to head with such action heavyweights as Vin Diesel and Dwyane Johnson – and whether or not he’d win – Jaa charmingly deflected the question, saying:

“Having a chance to work with Vin Diesel and The Rock already makes me a winner.” 

Could Jaa follow in the footsteps of Jackie Chan or Jet Li in attaining a large following among American action audiences? His inclusion in this ever-popular franchise might point toward an attempt by the producers to strengthen the overseas potential of the seventh installment, which is said to be set primarily in Los Angeles, returning the series to its starting point after plots which found the crew barreling through Miami, Tokyo, Mexico (after stops in LA and DR), Brazil and Europe.

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It probably won’t need much of a boost, though, since this past summer’s Fast & Furious made over $786 million worldwide, with two thirds of that total coming from foreign markets. As we’ve pointed out before, there’s plenty to like about the series, and adding the horror maestro James Wan as director is a bold choice.

Too many venerable franchises appear to resist trying new things (we’re looking sadly in your direction, A Good Day to Die Hard), and while long-time series screenwriter Chris Morgan’s story is still under wraps, a new face in the form of Tony Jaa might be a hint at what’s in store.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you approve of the addition of Tony Jaa in the Fast & Furious franchise? Let us know in the comments.

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Fast & Furious 7 is being fast-tracked for a July 11, 2014 release.

Source: THR

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  1. One word: Awesome! Ronda Rousey and now Tony Jaa… Can’t wait!

  2. I simply cannot wait to see him charm the pants off of more Americans and become a bigger star than he already is. Great guy.

  3. Been following Jaa’s work since he started Ong Bak, and OMG I cant wait!
    He IS the next martial artist to come on top. His stunts are crazy, i hope he doesnt get killed quick and fights against vin or rock!

  4. Jaa vs Statham or Diesel or the rock oh man this is gonna be crazy

  5. Man the thought of him fighting the rock reminds me of Bruce Lee fighting Abdul Jabbar… This could be awesome!

  6. Statham and Jaa vs Rock and Diesel, that would be a sight to see.

    • Totally agree Epicness in it’s true form

  7. will be great. I loved FAST AND FURIOUS 6

  8. FAST N FURIOUS 7 NEWS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER, BETTER, N BETTER! SO EXCITED!!!

  9. It could’nt hurt,hey,as far as the ‘Fast and The Furious’ franchise is concerned,the more the merrier.

  10. Finally Tony Jaa in a bigger screen I think he`s underrated in America

  11. OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!Can’t wait!!!!

  12. Picking my mouth up off the floor, this is awesome news. Its funny how Fast & Furious started out as suped up car fad and has become a legit cinema franchise. I just wonder if the guy who starred in Tokyo Drift is joining the crew as well?

  13. So Vin’s crew got Jaa before Stallone did? I’m surprised.

  14. Ong Bak 3 was probably the most convoluted, non-sensically plotted movie ever. It also had some of the best fight scenes ever put on film. 15- and 20-minute marathon fight sequences that wore you out just watching them.
    I can’t wait to see what they do with him in F&F7 with a real script and editor working on his technique. It’s a shame he hasn’t blown up in the US already.

    • You know what I hate most?

      The fact that his movies have several different names depending on the territory they’re released in. Makes it hard to talk about a movie when someone from another country knows it by a different name.

      It’s like how I never knew that Leon was called Leon The Professional in the US. Or how Live Free And Die Hard was called Die Hard 4.0 in the UK.

      I’m sure the Van Damme movie AWOL was called Lionheart in the US too. Confusing as hell for movie conversations.

    • I agree. The movies were so weird but the fight scenes were good. I heard Jaa went crazy due to problems with the movie and financial issues with the mob so it’s kind of suprrising to see he’s doing movies again. Of course that could’ve all been bunk and he was just hanging out

  15. This is very kewl!

  16. This is awesome! I just hope he’s a good guy, mostly because of his movie, “The Protector”. If you haven’t seen it, then watch it now, because it will show you why the Rock and Vin wouldn’t have a chance against him.
    I would rather see Statham vs Jaa.

  17. AWESOME!! I live in Thailand (I am from the US) and my Thai co-workers just went ape sh** when I showed them this. He is huge here, and for a damn good reason. I have been waiting for somebody in Hollywood to get smart and cast this uber talented cat in a big movie. BTW, if you dont like people retitling things (The Protector is called Tom Yum Goong here, which means spicy thai shrimp soup. ??? go figure) then STOP calling him Tony Jaa, that is not his name. His name is Jaa Panom.

  18. Also, even though I know it is not a huge movie market here, I predict this will be the highest grossing movie in Thai history.

  19. Am 100% support for Tony Jaa to be casted in the Fast and Furious movie, he really deserves it.

  20. Tony jaa the man

  21. An exciting,engaging and captivating talent is TONY JAA.Through sheer performance and rigorous hard work on martial arts has earned him the big stardom opportunity,yeah am highly glad and optimistic about his inclusion.Hope he gets enough screen time to show his prowess and acting skills , apart from his natural and sculpted martial arts talents…GONNA be awesome ,eagerly awaiting 2014 n F&F 7 …Cheers one and all… :)

  22. Well it’s official – I am now going to watch a Fast & Furious movie.

  23. Kinda funny that His real first role in American films would not be in a martial arts film per se… but a movie about racing… Just like Jackie Chan in Cannonball Run. lol

  24. Whether he plays a role as a relative of Han’s or as Jason Statham’s right hand man either way it’s a good pick up for the franchise.

    • I would rather see him as Jason Staham’s Right hand man now if gives the audience a chose of side who they want to win what a Epic battle it will be to see Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson go against Jason Staham & Tony Jaa that will be a HUGE HIT so f****** excited

  25. This is fab news..Tony Jaa is a welcome addition to the series

  26. I hope it’s more of the Jaa from Ong Bak 1 and The Protector rather than from Ong Bak 3. That film was trash. Such a let down. Ong Bak 2 had some pretty cool fight scenes but the story was disappointing, and it just went downhill from there for part 3. Apparently because Jaa disappeared for a long time while shooting.

    In any case, if he does the crazy stuff that was in his earlier work then it’ll be great.

  27. Statham vs Jaa on motorcycles fighting to the death, roll credits.

  28. I got to salute Neal H.Moritz & Vin Diesel on there work with this franchise perfect choice getting Jason Staham & Tony Jaa in the film you just Top 6 already & always Salute to a amazing writer Chris Morgan great job

  29. Omg! Tony Jaa in F&F? Now I gotta get into this stuff!