In "Fast and Furious 7," Will Tony Jaa Join Sung Kang's or Joe Taslim's Team

Tony Jaa

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, if you’re not too busy ranting about Ben Affleck as the new Batman, that Thai action star Tony Jaa will make his American debut in Jame Wan’s “Fast & Furious 7.”

That’s great news to action fans. We’ll get to see him in his prime in a huge Hollywood production -- unlike Jackie Chan and Jet Li, both of whom had already done a gazillion films and broken every bone in their bodies before taking on Hollywood.

All I’m wondering now is who’s team will he be on? Sung Kang’s or Joe Taslim’s? Good guy or bad buy? My guess is he’ll be a heavy because Vin Diesel’s team is already stacked with badasses (Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriquez).

So far, newly casted villain Jason Statham only has MMA star Ronda Rousey on his side. Adding Tony Jaa to his team will equal things up pretty nicely.

Hopefully, like Li with Lethal Weapon 4, this will jump start Jaa’s Hollywood career before he’s too beat up to do his own stunts.

With both Statham and Jaa added to the cast, I can’t wait to how Fast 7 turns out.

Wan has became a top-tiered director in the horror genre with “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The conjuring,” but can he do action?

I wasn’t impressed with “Death Sentence,” an action-thriller Wan did in 2007 starring Kevin Bacon. I thought the horror elements he injected into the film didn’t meshed well in a thriller environment.

Here’s hoping that he has learned from that experience. In action films, the audience aren’t looking to be scared, they just want a fun and exhilarating experience.

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