Tony Jaa gets 'Fast & Furious'
- Published: 24/08/2013 at 08:06 PM
- Online news:
Thai action star Tony Jaa is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 7, the newest installment of the smash-hit movie series.
The script for Fast 7 is still being written and Jaa's role has not been finalised, but Jason Statham has already been cast as the villain, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fast 7 will be the first English-language movie as well as the first Hollywood studio picture for the star of the three Ong Bak films and Tom Yum Goong.
"I have been a big fan of the Fast and Furious franchise," the 37-year-old native of Surin told the Hollywood Reporter.
"The films are fast-paced, fun and keep the audience involved. There is a great mix of humour and action, something I really appreciate."
Stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will be returning in Fast 7 and Ronda Rousey also is in talks about a cameo, the entertainment industry publication said.
James Wan, who had a recent success with The Conjuring, is directing the new Fast and Furious movie, which will start shooting in September to meet a July 11, 2014, release date.
The Fast and Furious series has earned $2.34 billion at the worldwide box office through Aug 1, making it Universal Studios' biggest franchise of all time.