'Ong-Bak' Star Tony Jaa Joins the Ranks of Wan's 'Fast & Furious 7'
Another ass kicking actor has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 7, currently fast-tracked at Universal and preparing to shoot later this year under the direction of James Wan (who also directed this year's horror films The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2). THR is reporting that Thai martial arts actor Tony Jaa, who starred in the Ong Bak series of films, is the latest to join the cast of Fast & Furious 7. His exact role is unknown as the "script is still being being written by longtime franchise player Chris Morgan" and plot specifics are being kept a secret. Though we know Jason Statham is being carried over from the last one.
At the moment, here's what we do know about Fast & Furious 7. James Wan is directing the sequel which is already scheduled for July 11th, 2014 next summer (to follow the global success of Fast & Furious 6 this summer). Lead actors Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson will be back, as they have been for the last few movies. Tony Jaa is the latest to join the cast, which will grow as they continue preparations. Jaa stated via email: "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."
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
Sounds good to me. For reasons I won't spoil, 2 main characters from the last film won't be returning(and in turn, there were 2 main characters from film 5 that didn't return for 6) so I would say that there is certainly space to justify adding the likes of Rhonda Rousey and Tony Jaa.
Chris Groves on Aug 24, 2013
Thanks, cause I haven't seen six yet and will on blu-ray release. Tony Jaa will definately be a badass.
mooreworthy on Aug 24, 2013
6 was the best yet, in my opinion.
Chris Groves on Aug 25, 2013
Word of advice don't watch Tokyo Drift until after the sixth movie (It's the chronological order Tokyo drift is supposed to be the movie before Fast and Furious 7, I can't say why though since i's a spoiler)
Fidel Reyes on Aug 26, 2013
Funny, besides 6, Tokyo Drift is the only other one I have not seen. Thanks.
mooreworthy on Aug 26, 2013
Haha no problem, enjoy! It might not be the most grounded series out there but it's definitely fun to watch.
Fidel Reyes on Aug 26, 2013
Quynh Truong on Aug 24, 2013
Very interesting, Tony Jaa being added to this cast will up the action scenes tremendously or atleast any fight scene or hand to hand combat scene. We know these movies always bring great action scenes involving cars and explosions so im all for this casting choice. Im hoping he is Statham's right hand man, the two of those guys together would bring down a whole lot of hurt for Dom, Brian and the rest of the team. Just hope this movie is written well enough to end the franchise on a good note. Can't wait for this movie!!
batsupe on Aug 25, 2013
Tony Jaa my idol
kizi 2 on Aug 26, 2013
Goddamnit. I never wanted to see another one of these movies again, but now they got Tony Jaa. Now I have to watch it. They better make him a kickass character and not some typical pushover thug. If he whoops Vin Diesel's ass, this will probably become my favorite out of all the movies.
Gex on Aug 27, 2013
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