British tough guy Vinnie Jones is to team up with action film director Brett Ratner on Rush Hour 3.

The former soccer hardman was set for a central role in X-Men 3 when Ratner was at the helm of the project, and the director promised Jones a major part in an upcoming project when he quit the comic book sequel.

Ratner has kept his word, according to website SuperheroHype, and has offered Jones the chief villain role opposite Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.