BANGKOK : Thai fans of “The Fast and the Furious” reacted with anger Friday after a court banned the latest instalment of the blockbuster franchise following a contract dispute with a local actor. “Fast and Furious 7” had been due to open in cinemas on April 1. But it was blocked by a court injunction late Thursday after a movie studio filed a lawsuit saying local film star Tony Jaa was in breach of contract for appearing in the film. Suwat Apaipakdi, a lawyer for Sahamongkol Film International, said the company had filed their suit because Jaa was committed to them in an exclusive contract until 2023.

 “The court has ordered a ban on showing the movie until there is a further ruling”, he told AFP. He added that Sahamongkul Film International is seeking 1.6 billion baht ($49 million) damages from Jaa, film studio Universal Pictures and local distributor United International Pictures (UIP).