Sahamongkol Tries to Block Tony Jaa from Taking "Fast and Furious 7" Role

Posted 10:49 AM September 9th, 2013 by Senh Duong
Tony Jaa in "Tom Yum Goong 2"

Thai film studio Sahamongkol, producers of Tony Jaa’s “Ong Bak” and “The Protector,” is suing the action star for breach of contract when he signed on to a role in the action franchise “Fast and Furious 7.”

According to Twitch, the studio claims that Jaa has a newly signed ten-year contract with them, and he does not have their permission to make his Hollywood debut.

Jaa’s management denies that the two parties have a contract, and Jaa is free to work on any movie of his choosing.

I’m hoping Jaa wins because I want to see him in a big-budget Hollywood production while he’s still in his prime.

I also wished that Jaa and his management had fought back ten years ago. Back then, he had mentioned how Jackie Chan and Jet Li were his heroes when he was growing up, and how he would love to work with them.

Well, Li and his producers heard about that and created a role specifically for Jaa in “Fearless,” but he couldn’t sign on because he had a ten-picture deal then with Sahamongkol. Ditto for Jackie Chan and “Rush Hour 3.”

We’ll see where this goes. If the producers of the “Rush Hour” franchise couldn’t convince the Thai studio to loan Jaa out, I’m not sure how Universal, producers of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, could fare much better. If Jaa does, indeed, have a contract with Sahamongkol, then I don’t think it’ll happen.

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