Tony Jaa To Star In ‘The Protector 2’!

Tony Jaa To Star In ‘The Protector 2’!
By Chris McKittrick

Tony Jaa 239x300 Tony Jaa To Star In The Protector 2!We’ve never seen the film career of any actor quite take the trajectory of Tony Jaa‘s.  He went from having the potential to become perhaps the greatest martial arts film star since Bruce Lee after incredible, jaw-dropping performances in Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong (The Protector) to totally losing all credibility after the muddled, nonsensical messes that Ong-Bak 2 and 3 ended up being.  Couple that with a very public breakdown which landed him in a Tibetan monastery, it looked like Tony Jaa self-imploded faster than director Troy Duffy.

But in early April Alex brought us word that Tony Jaa had agreed to return to film, teaming up with Sammon Hung (who will serve as fight coordinator for the project).  That alone is great news, but this week another, even more exciting announcement was made: Twitch Film is reporting that Jaa is re-teaming with director Prachya Pinkaew and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai to make a sequel to Tom Yum Goong… AKA The Protector 2!  Not only that, but the film will be shot in 3D and will also star rising female martial arts star Jeeja Yanin, who appeared in Pinkaew‘s Chocolate.

The Protector is probably best known for the so-called “staircase” scene, in which Jaa climbed a staircase through a gangster’s liar and kicked ass along the way in one nearly four-minute uninterrupted shot.  If you’ve never seen it, check it out below — it’s among the best martial arts sequences ever recorded.  If that doesn’t whet your appetite for more Jaa, you probably need to see your doctor about not having a pulse.

This is beyond exciting news for fans of martial arts films, so let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Backlinks

    I have nothing but good things to say about tony jaa, hes like the new era unrecognized Bruce Lee, Theres a scene in Ong Bak when he kicked out a street lamp like was 10 feet above him made me an instant fan.

    • Smiggy1000

       that was the protector 1 ( Tom Yum Goong)

    • bsls8852

      actually he kicks the street lamp in the Protector not Ong Bak

  • Alex

    this makes me soooo happy-curious how the 3D is going to work

  • TieranInk

    You know, everyone panned Ong Bak. I guess I didn’t go and see it for the martial arts alone, and I loved the fantasy element of the story, as well as the more poignant scenes. Don’t get me wrong, because I love to watch Jaa’s form. It’s amazing to say the least, but I liked the philosophy aspect and it gave me something to think about. Guess I’m just sappy, but I liked those films enough to buy them. To each his own I guess.

  • Belthazar25

    i own ong bak, ong bak 2, ong bak 3, and the protector all in blue ray, tony practiced the moves that Jackie Chan has; i practice every other day on martial arts thanks and compliments to tony jaa, mauy tai is now my first martial art, mauy boran is second; i have yet to master flips, and leg spreading, but what i have watched and practiced, is a very awesome skill to have, i would rather know, not need it, rather than need it, not know it; i have actually used it once after work after hours of the night, i tried to avoid the fight, but i was forced to bock a punch in which i instinctively countered and through the guy off balance, im glad i watched the knife scene in ong bak 2, that came in handy as-well, i hate fighting, but for a sturdy and well practiced art of fighting, it is a good defense. i would like to learn more from a personal professional, but i know none, nor have the money, so to practice this awesome Thailand martial art for free from 4 great movies is good for me, i am currently teaching it to one individual whom is a black belt tae-kwon-doe martial artist/prior military, i am also learning ip man’s and bruce lee’s wing chun martial arts, thanks and compliments to donnie yen’s portrayal of IP MAN, IP MAN 2, a little tai chi, and pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art, thanks to the movie MERANTAU and IKU UWAIS; IP MAN, Bruce Lee (even tho u are deceased) thank u for wing chun, IKO UWAIS thank u for silat, Panna Rittikrai and Tony Jaa! thank u for Mauy Tai and Mauy Baron, because of u all, i can defend my self, and others around me, and teach what i know and learn to those of good will. i do hope Tony Jaa does reprise his role in The Protector 2, i would love to see Jeeja Yanin in it as well, it would be epic to see Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, IKO UWAIS, Donnie Yen, Jean-Claude Van Dam to star in multiple roles in a 2 or more hour epic mix martial arts movie, there own personal styles, adapting to other styles while using it with their own styles, not to see what is better, but for a no cgi no wires no stunt double hardcore multimillion or billion dollar franchise high stakes veriety blowout showcasing many arts of the martial arts movie(s) of all time! who would u vote for? I vote for all! or maybe im just a crazy superfanatical of martial arts or whatever u call it. i know i talk too much, or technically type too much.

  • Souptooth

    “totally losing all credibility after the muddled, nonsensical messes that Ong-Bak 2 and 3 ended up being”

    You’re an idiot. These were good movies. Ong-Bak 2 was great, 3 was OK

    • Alex

      You really, deep in your heart, believe Ong Bak 3 was even ‘ok’? You are clearly in the minority on this one man.  Compare it to all other Jaa films and it is a miserable movie

  • moustafa

    i wanna ask about some thing and please any body answer me is tony jaa about to make a new movie???? i am waitting for a new movies for this star

    • Alex

      he is. there have been some other posts on the site about his upcoming projects. he was living in a monastary for a bit which is why he wasn’t working

  • Choosechrist

    hey dude im excited as well knowing tony and jeeja are coming together in one piece..any idea if the film is done?

  • kamal

    When will be the Protector 2 will be released. waiting. is there any information regarding the release date?????

    • Chris McKittrick

      Not yet, Kamal! A clip of the film screened at the Cannes Film Festival, but no Thai or American release date has been set yet. We’re waiting as much as you are… we love Tony Jaa movies here!

  • Jacob Chronmist

    did it cancel or something?

    • Chris McKittrick

      As far as we know it isn’t canceled, but it’s nowhere close to done. There was a screening of some clips at this year’s Cannes, but in June it was reported that there would be major reshoots (possibly reshooting the whole film). That’s all we know. When the teaser poster was released it didn’t even list the year on it, so I imagine it wouldn’t be unrealistic to not see this until 2014.

      Not the answer I’m sure you were looking for, but it is what it is.

  • Esau

    They have the page already in facebook