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Kurt Russell not joining Fast and Furious 7, but the character may return for Fast and Furious 8

Sep. 11, 2013by:

While we recently heard that Kurt Russell was potentially joining FAST AND FURIOUS 7, it now turns out that it was not meant to be. Russell will no longer be involved with the sequel, but we now have some information on what his role was going to be.

A new Twitter account called FF7Movie has been tweeting set photos and other tidbits about the production of FAST AND FURIOUS 7 and shared some background on who Russell was going to play in the movie:

The character of Jesse appeared in the original THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS as Vin Diesel's geeky ADHD tech guy who helped pimp out the computer systems in the cars. He was killed in a drive-by that set up the final act of that movie. The ending of FAST AND FURIOUS 6 referenced back to the third film, TOKYO DRIFT, so a return to the first movie would not be out of the realm of possibility. But, would the father of a low level criminal like Jesse get mixed up with a big time bad guy like Jason Statham's Ian Shaw?

Jason Statham's cameo at the end of the sixth film setup the events of the upcoming seventh, so this next tweet definitely sounds possible:

FAST AND FURIOUS 8 seems likely if the seventh opens as huge as FAST AND FURIOUS 6, but I think Universal would be smart to hold off so they don't saturate the fanbase. The SAW films eventually saw diminishing returns after so many annual chapters and those movies cost a hell of a lot less than these movies do.

Whether number eight gets made or not, FAST AND FURIOUS 7 as directed by James Wan (hey, a SAW guy!) starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, and Jason Statham on July 11, 2014.

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9:02AM on 09/13/2013

well,

what's not to like? Stuntman Mike is actually the father of Handsome Rob & Godly Zeus....looking forward to see Handsome Rob having the longest freeway chase at tokyo with Stuntman Mike to meet Toretto & co...
what's not to like? Stuntman Mike is actually the father of Handsome Rob & Godly Zeus....looking forward to see Handsome Rob having the longest freeway chase at tokyo with Stuntman Mike to meet Toretto & co...
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9:38PM on 09/13/2013
Stuntman Mike ain't British, though.
Stuntman Mike ain't British, though.
2:25AM on 09/13/2013

Twitter fan accts???

probably shouldn't use a twitter fan site as the source especially when you have Ludacris posting pictures of Kurt on Instagram. Time for an article update
probably shouldn't use a twitter fan site as the source especially when you have Ludacris posting pictures of Kurt on Instagram. Time for an article update
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4:21PM on 09/12/2013

jeny

my best friend's sister-in-law makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired for five months but last month her paycheck was $16004 just working on the laptop for a few hours. helpful hints.....

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my best friend's sister-in-law makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired for five months but last month her paycheck was $16004 just working on the laptop for a few hours. helpful hints.....

www.JAM30.ℂℴm
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4:27PM on 09/12/2013
I think all of us guys know exactly what she is really doing to get that kind of money. hehe
I think all of us guys know exactly what she is really doing to get that kind of money. hehe
7:40PM on 09/13/2013
Your best friend's sister-in-law gave me a knobber. I paid her in laptop money.
Your best friend's sister-in-law gave me a knobber. I paid her in laptop money.
4:14PM on 09/12/2013
This information is false. Director James Wan himself tweeted that he was working with Russell today.
This information is false. Director James Wan himself tweeted that he was working with Russell today.
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5:40AM on 09/12/2013
All I know is the audience went apeshit when Statham appeared at the end of the last one.

Say what you will about the franchise, but the fans love the shit out of it. As long as they keep trying to find ways to shake things up and surprise the audience, the audience will be there.
All I know is the audience went apeshit when Statham appeared at the end of the last one.

Say what you will about the franchise, but the fans love the shit out of it. As long as they keep trying to find ways to shake things up and surprise the audience, the audience will be there.
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9:19AM on 09/12/2013
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of the franchise. I know the movies are crap in the grand scheme of things, but it's awesome crap.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of the franchise. I know the movies are crap in the grand scheme of things, but it's awesome crap.
2:39AM on 09/12/2013
I'm kinda bummed by this news as I was looking forward to watching Kurt Russell is Fast 7. At least I hope they'll get an even more badass (other than Statham) actor for the villain in Fast 7.
I'm kinda bummed by this news as I was looking forward to watching Kurt Russell is Fast 7. At least I hope they'll get an even more badass (other than Statham) actor for the villain in Fast 7.
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11:35PM on 09/11/2013
I am really upset that Kurt Russell wont be in the new movie, but I dont think him playing the Dad would have been right,
Also, arent we getting a little ahead of ourseleves by talking about an 8th movie already....they should end the series soon to protect it
I am really upset that Kurt Russell wont be in the new movie, but I dont think him playing the Dad would have been right,
Also, arent we getting a little ahead of ourseleves by talking about an 8th movie already....they should end the series soon to protect it
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11:09PM on 09/11/2013

That Twitter may not be legit, either.

There's no verification stamp on it.

Also, Russell playing Jesse's dad out for revenge doesn't sound that good of an idea after all this time. Ian Shaw didn't waste as much time.
There's no verification stamp on it.

Also, Russell playing Jesse's dad out for revenge doesn't sound that good of an idea after all this time. Ian Shaw didn't waste as much time.
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10:08PM on 09/11/2013

Makes sense

To not include that character in fast 7 i mean Ian Shaw is an international criminal i find it hard to believe he'd join someone who's small time like that. But if they were to continue the series past fast 7 i wouldn't mind seeing Kurt Russel join . But the biggest question i have is wtf is Lucas black why has he not been cast in this movie it's only logical what with the full circle nature of fast 7.
To not include that character in fast 7 i mean Ian Shaw is an international criminal i find it hard to believe he'd join someone who's small time like that. But if they were to continue the series past fast 7 i wouldn't mind seeing Kurt Russel join . But the biggest question i have is wtf is Lucas black why has he not been cast in this movie it's only logical what with the full circle nature of fast 7.
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6:15AM on 09/12/2013
I've asked the same question time and again about Lucas Black. Nice to see someone else is asking the question too. I thought he was real good in Tokyo Drift, and wanted to see him in the sequels.
I've asked the same question time and again about Lucas Black. Nice to see someone else is asking the question too. I thought he was real good in Tokyo Drift, and wanted to see him in the sequels.
10:07PM on 09/11/2013
Don't really like the idea of Kurt Russell playing the father of a character people have pretty much forgotten, but him and Statham on the same side would be very interesting.
Don't really like the idea of Kurt Russell playing the father of a character people have pretty much forgotten, but him and Statham on the same side would be very interesting.
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8:56PM on 09/11/2013
I caught The Italian Job (remake) on TV just the other day. Wasn't really a good movie but when I noticed that Statham was in that movie too I can't help thinking, "What if The Fast & Furious series is actually a direct sequel of that?" :))
I caught The Italian Job (remake) on TV just the other day. Wasn't really a good movie but when I noticed that Statham was in that movie too I can't help thinking, "What if The Fast & Furious series is actually a direct sequel of that?" :))
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7:55PM on 09/11/2013
Fast 7 should be the last film. End it in on a high note. I mean at this point, what else can they do that they haven't done already?
Fast 7 should be the last film. End it in on a high note. I mean at this point, what else can they do that they haven't done already?
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7:32PM on 09/11/2013

First hearing this I was worried...

but actually this is really good news, glad they are planning out the rest of the sequels.
but actually this is really good news, glad they are planning out the rest of the sequels.
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7:24PM on 09/11/2013
Stuntman Mike in FF?! that would be fun
Stuntman Mike in FF?! that would be fun
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7:24PM on 09/11/2013
Stuntman Mike in FF?! that would be fun
Stuntman Mike in FF?! that would be fun
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7:15PM on 09/11/2013
Nice to see they are planning the series out like that. These kind of films are filling the void left by the action films of years ago.
Nice to see they are planning the series out like that. These kind of films are filling the void left by the action films of years ago.
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7:04PM on 09/11/2013
Him being Jesse's dad would be cool but I have a hard time buying Kurt Russel owning a Jetta haha
Him being Jesse's dad would be cool but I have a hard time buying Kurt Russel owning a Jetta haha
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6:48PM on 09/11/2013
I had to google Jesse so I could remember who the character was. Adding Kurt Russell as his father would be cool. I really wish they would bring back Lucas Black (Tokyo Drift) to the movies. He was a good character, and one I'd like to see mix it up with the other guys. Wonder if it's true that were gonna see Tony Jaa in here somewhere?
I had to google Jesse so I could remember who the character was. Adding Kurt Russell as his father would be cool. I really wish they would bring back Lucas Black (Tokyo Drift) to the movies. He was a good character, and one I'd like to see mix it up with the other guys. Wonder if it's true that were gonna see Tony Jaa in here somewhere?
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10:09PM on 09/11/2013
Dude if they go full circle and skip Lucas black i'd be kinda peeved
Dude if they go full circle and skip Lucas black i'd be kinda peeved
6:46PM on 09/11/2013

Boo.

As a huge fan of Kurt Russel (even going to name my first born son after him ha), I have to say this is disappointing news. And very much reminds me of my disappointment when hearing he dropped out of Django Unchained as well. I'm going to start taking any casting news of him with extreme grain of salt. Look forward to Fast 8 already more so if he is indeed put off til then.
As a huge fan of Kurt Russel (even going to name my first born son after him ha), I have to say this is disappointing news. And very much reminds me of my disappointment when hearing he dropped out of Django Unchained as well. I'm going to start taking any casting news of him with extreme grain of salt. Look forward to Fast 8 already more so if he is indeed put off til then.
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