Kurt Russell has joined the cast of "Fast & Furious 7," which is directed by James Wan. On Sept. 24, 2013, "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel posted a photo on his official Facebook account of himself, Russell and co-star Paul Walker on the set of the movie. The accompanying caption reads: "Kurt Russell, such an honor to work with... P.s. One from set... "
Universal Pictures has announced that Fast & Furious 7" will be released on July 11, 2014.
As previously reported, UFC champion Ronda Rousey has also joined the cast of "Fast & Furious 7." Rousey is in final negotiations for the deal, according to Variety.
Rousey is the second female mixed-martial-arts star to have a co-starring role in the "Fast & Furious" blockbuster franchise. Gina Carano was in 2013's "Fast & Furious 6," but she will not be returning because (spoiler alert) her character died in the movie. Rousey will also have a role in the action flick "The Expendables 3."
Lucas Black, who starred in the 2006 movie "Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift," has also signed a deal to be in "Fast & Furious 7." According to The Wrap, Black also has the option to appear in the eighth and ninth "Fast & Furious" movies.
Another actor who is confirmed to join the "Fast & Furious 7" cast is Jason Statham, who will play the main villain in the movie. His appearance was teased at the end credits of "Fast & Furious 6." (Statham also co-stars in "The Expendables" movie series.)
"Fast & Furious 6" co-stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges are also confirmed to be in "Fast & Furious 7."
In an August 2013 interview with the Associated Press, Wan commented on "Fast & Furious 7" and what he plans for the movie. "Because the title says 'Fast 7,' and the characters that are in the movies like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker and the gang, they felt like outlaws or like samurai in some ways. So I started thinking seven — 'Seven Samurai.' So that's kind of the spirit that I'm trying to bring to my version. I love the action genre but I've just been so successful in the horror genre that I've never had the opportunity to go into action in a big way."
Wan's other movies as a director include 2004's "Saw," 2011's "Insidious," and 2013's "The Conjuring" and "Insidious: Chapter 2."
He is new to the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Justin Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth movies in the series. John Singleton directed the second "Fast" movie. Rob Cohen directed the first.