First Look: Kurt Russell Confirmed for 'Fast & Furious 7' by Vin Diesel
There's been some confusion as to whether or not Kurt Russell had officially joined the cast of Fast & Furious 7. An unofficial Twitter feed seemed to indicated that the actor hadn't finalized a deal to star, and since they were right about more Fast & Furious sequels in development, not to mention Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black returning to the franchise, we thought they might be right. But thankfully, Vin Diesel has confirmed the actor on set with a first look photo featuring himself along with Paul Walker and Russell in a car garage somewhere, possibly following the funeral for their fallen friend at the end of Fast & Furious 6.
Here's Kurt Russell on the set of Fast & Furious 7 from Vin Diesel's Facebook page:
Remember that the unofficial Twitter feed indicated that "Kurt Russell was almost about to join #Fast7. He would play the father of Jesse, and he would be Toretto’s villain." Fans of the franchise might remember Jesse from way back in the first film. Portrayed by Chad Lindberg, the character was an ADD-rattled street racer and computer nerd responsible for a lot of vehicle designs, background checks on racers, and hacking the engine's of Dom's vehicles. However, in the first film, he ends up getting shot and killed in a drive-by on Dom's house. If that's true, this could be a very personal sequel.
Fast & Furious 7 is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) and written by Chris Morgan (who has written all the Fast & Furious sequels including and following Tokyo Drift). Though no plot details have been revealed, we know production will head to Pikes Peak in Colorado to film some sort of action sequence. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return in the sequel along with most of their crew. Jason Statham is in hot pursuit as the film's villain (brother of Luke Evans' character Shaw) and other new cast members include Tony Jaa, Djimon Housou, Ronda Rousey and possibly Kurt Russell. The film opens on July 11th, 2014.