"Fast and Furious 7" just gets new addition to its cast ensemble. Director James Wan, the man behind the box-office shocker "The Conjuring", has cast Asian action star Tony Jaa in a role that remains unknown as of this writing. The movie marks Jaa's first English-language project as well as his debut in Hollywood.
"I have been a big fan of the Fast and Furious franchise," says the Thai actor to The Hollywood Reporter via e-mail. "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."
Jaa, best known for starring in "Ong Bak" films, is looking forward to teaming up with the likes of Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and more. "Having a chance to work with Vin Diesel and The Rock already makes me a winner," he adds.
This is not the first time for the Universal Pictures franchise to have a talented Asian martial artist. In "Fast and Furious 6", Indonesian thesp Joe Taslim, gaining his fame through "The Raid: Redemption", was introduced as member of villain Luke Evans' crew.
Kicking off its production next month, "Fast 7" is scheduled for a July 11, 2014 release.