Tony Jaa Will Put Knees and Elbows to Faces in Fast and Furious 7

Tony Jaa in The Protector (2005) Movie ImageI look at the “Fast and Furious” movies, especially the later Justin Lin installments as comic books for people who don’t read comic books. You know, car guys. It’s ridiculous, with gravity-defying superheroics and logic-defying storytelling. Nothing about the series really makes sense, and when they try to squeeze some intelligence into the scripts, it always ends up bad. (Which explains the 30-mile runway in the last “Fast and Furious” movie.)

But the “Fast and Furious” movies just got more interesting, with THR reporting that Thailand’s baddest bad boy to ever kick people in the face for the glory of cinema is joining the cast. That would be Tony Jaa, for those of you who don’t habla action movies.

No word on what role the “Ong Bak” star will play in the movie, but it will mark his English-language debut, and the actor said this in an email to THR:

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 the reporter tried to slyly squeeze out some info about his character, in particular who he’ll be “facing” off against in the movie, Jaa cleverly sidesteps the question:

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

Sounds like someone’s already got a smart PR person typing working for him.

Low-budget horror director James Wan is scheduled to take over the franchise with “Fast and Furious 7”, while Justin Lin goes off to do something else.

Besides the usual suspects returning (the ones that were still alive at the end of the last movie, anyway), “Fast and Furious 7” is also expected to add UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey, along with a much bigger role for Jason Statham, who will play the villain. Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Paul Walker are guaranteed returnees.

“Fast and Furious 7” will shoot next month for a July 11, 2014 release.

Tyrese Gibson in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Movie Image

“Tony Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!”