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The Thai actor, who is best known for the Ong Bak series, will make his English-language debut in the next instalment of the Universal franchise, claims The Hollywood Reporter.
As well as being the first English language film Jaa has starred in, Fast and Furious 7 will be his first outing with a major studio.
He said in an 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 humour and action, something I really appreciate. There is no better film to be involved in for a first Us studio production."
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Does anyone else remember when Tony Jaa walked off the set of Ong Bak 2 and into the jungle? He would later come back, of course, and finish not only Ong Bak 2 but a third movie, as well. It was one of those too-strange stories of production madness that seem to have followed the martial arts star throughout his career. Since the completion of Ong Bak 3 and its subsequent release in 2010, it’s been quiet-goings for Jaa, who has long been compared to action titans like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. The only major difference between Jaa and those other fine men is that while his films have travelled well into the United States, he himself has never crossed into Hollywood work. That ends soon for the Thai man of action, as he’s signed on to join Fast and Furious 7. Nope, that’s not a typo. “I have been a big fan of the Fast and Furious franchise »
- Neil Miller
Throw international martial arts badass Tony Jaa (“Ong Bak”) and low-budget 80s action icon Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables,” “Red Scorpion”) into a movie together and you immediately have my attention. And that movie is “A Man Will Rise.” The other day, we had a few pictures from the set, but little to no actual information about the film, formerly titled “Local Hero.” Well now we’re back with even more photos, and whole bunch of news. And this isn’t just news, this is news that will pique your interest, especially if you enjoy watching people get pummeled about the head and face. First off, Tony Jaa is not only the star of “A Man Will Rise,” he’s also directing. This is his third venture behind the camera, as he helmed both “Ong Bak 2” and “Ong Bak 3.” He’s also bringing his old pal Panna Rittikrai (co-director of the two aforementioned films, »
- Brent McKnight
3 items from 2013
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