'Fast and Furious 7' hasn't made a lot of noise lately, even though it starts shooting this fall and is scheduled to hit theaters next July. We don't even know if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be done filming 'Hercules' in time to appear in the film. But we have just gotten the first big new casting news, as UFC star Ronda Rousey is in negotiations to join the cast.
Fast and Furious 7
As the 'Fast and Furious' series has progressed, the cast has steadily increased in size and star power. Just look at the line-up of this summer's 'Fast and Furious 6,' which somehow managed to wrangle up every cast member from across the franchise while adding a few more faces. Well, it looks like another character will be joining the crew for 'Fast and Furious 7,' but he will not be played by Denzel Washington...because he turned down the role.
Spoiler alert! If you're a fan of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise but haven't seen 'Fast and Furious 6,' you're kind of out of luck. We'll be delving into 'Fast and Furious 7' a bit here, specifically in regards to Jason Statham's impending bad guy. So if you fall into that unlikely group, stay away.
No one could have believed, after the generic engine revving of 2009’s 'Fast & Furious' that we still would be talking about the box-office muscle of 'Fast and Furious 6' while also eagerly anticipating 'Fast and Furious 7' in the ongoing stories of Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and his chrome-domed partner in crime, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel).
But that’s what happens when a modern action saga generates nearly $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales – improving its critical response with each passing sequel. It’s no surprise that Universal wants to keep the pedal on the proverbial metal when it comes to ‘Fast’ films. What shocks us is the fact that this franchise hasn’t crashed and burned. Yet.
With 'Fast and Furious 6' opening to an estimated $98M over Memorial Day weekend, Universal’s decision to move ahead on the as-yet-untitled 'Fast and Furious 7' seems like a brilliant move. Audiences obviously haven’t tired of the high-speed adventures of this road crew. ‘Fast and Furious 7’ is racing towards theaters. What do we already know about the sequel?
One of the biggest stars in the 'Fast and Furious' movies isn't just Vin Diesel or Paul Walker - it's the location. Whether it's Tokyo or Brazil or Spain or London, each installment has upped the ante to a new, exotic locale. So what does 'Fast and Furious 7' have in store for us? Today we learn from star and producer Diesel that the next film will take place primarily in the Middle East.
Recently there was a list of three directors bandied about to take over the 'Fast and Furious' franchise from director Justin Lin, who saw the series through its last four sequels. But it appears Universal chose none of the above to direct the follow up, as James Wan has been tapped to helm 'Fast and Furious 7.'
A few days ago, we learned that director Justin Lin was bowing out of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise after directing four films in the series. While fans of the amazingly ridiculous action series wiped away their tears, Universal has been hard at work tracking down a new director for 'Fast and Furious 7,' which needs to get shooting as soon as possible if it wants to meet its Summer 2014 release date. And now a shortlist of filmmakers has emerged!
'Fast and Furious 7' has been fast-tracked for a summer 2014 release, which is great news for us movie fans. This was not such great news for director Justin Lin, who is still working hard to finish up 'Fast and Furious 6,' which opens next month. Because of that scheduling conflict, Lin - who has now directed four of the 'Fast and Furious' movies - will not return to direct 'Fast and Furious 7'...which is also not such great news for us movie fans.