‘Fast & Furious 7′ Cast Adds Djimon Hounsou

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The Fast and the Furious franchise has somewhat quietly amassed one of the most (if not the most) high-profile ensemble casts in Hollywood right now, what with the L.A. underground racing-turned international heist series’ mainstays – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and so forth – being joined in next summer’s Fast & Furious 7 by Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and Tony Jaa (with MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and Fast Five/Furious 6 costar Dwayne Johnson both rumored to make an appearance in the film).

Add one more prolific actor to that roster, now that Djimon Hounsou is reported to have joined the F&F7 cast. The two-time Oscar-nominee – renowned for his dramatic performances in films like Amistad, In America and Blood Diamond – was already poised to appear in several titles slated for theatrical release in 2014 (before he joined F&F7 that is), including the delayed Seventh Son fantasy novel adaptation, horror pseudo-documentary Vatican Tapes and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring Diesel in a mo-cap performance as anthropomorphic tree Groot (Hounsou’s also voicing a character in How to Train Your Dragon 2 next year).

Variety, which broke the news about Hounsou being cast in Fast & Furious 7, doesn’t mention in its report whether the actor will play an ally to Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his ragtag crew, or if he’ll be a minion that works for the (SPOILER?) vengeance-minded British gentleman (Statham) glimpsed during the mid-credits scene for Fast & Furious 6.

On that note: it is kind of fascinating how naturally the Fast & Furious franchise has transitioned into resembling the best aspects of Marvel Studio’s Cinematic Universe, what with these films’ mid-credits sequences and diverse casts featuring the cream of the crop in character actors and/or rising talent; not to mention, the way these movies blend crowd-pleasing action and spectacle with meaningful character drama and relevant themes about the modern world (like we said: this really is a superhero franchise in disguise).

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Similarly, Diesel has gone ahead and let the cat out of the bag, revealing one of the important connective tissues between Fast & Furious 7 and the already-planned eighth installment (a la the overlapping characters and plot threads in the MCU). Meanwhile, The Conjuring and Insidious Chapter 2 director James Wan has begun shooting the seventh Fast movie, with the intent of tweaking the franchise’s genre once again so that this movie resembles a gritty 1970s revenge thriller.

Fingers crossed, that should allow the series to continue thriving and evolving at once, like how Marvel has found success by bringing in auteurs to shape each of the studio’s comic book movies in a unique fashion (see: Shane Black’s Iron Man 3). Be sure and let us know your own thoughts about how Fast & Furious 7 is shaping up; not to mention, your reaction to the news that Fast & Furious 8 looks to become a reality in the next couple years.

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Fast & Furious 7 opens in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.

We shall keep you posted on Fast & Furious 8 as the story develops.

Source: Variety

TAGS: fast and furious, fast and furious 7

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  1. Adding Djimon Hounsou & Russell to Double-F7 & maybe 8! I appreciate both of these actors. gonna need a bigger poster!-lol

  2. What about Indian A-list actress Dipika Padukone? She has got a role in it too..

  3. This cast just keeps getting better and better. I wonder if they are still planning the Hobbs spinoff now that they are doing an 8th film? i still would like to see a film centered around the Rock.

    • I was about to type the same thing. I too, am curious if they are still going to a spinoff with the Hobbs character?

  4. My head may explode!

  5. Jeebus, this thing is getting more cast than an “Expendables” film

    • Fast is the Expendables training ground.

      When they are too old, they retire with Stallone, but can come back every once in a while (like Statham).

  6. Very cool

  7. Nice, I was never a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise but I gotta admit it’s getting better and better each movie. With the cast they have now, it’s going to be one hectic blockbuster.

  8. Spin-offs are fine, as long as you do an Avengers-style mash-up to bring each story arc together. Hobbs (Iron-Man), Dom (Captain America) and O’Conner (Thor). The other crew can float between all shows, then they all come together for a Fast & Furious (Avengers) Mash-up. You know what? How about group the others together for a FF “Sheild” ensemble, and then do the mash-up. That way you can grow the cast, and have all kinds of crossovers. Way better than X-Men, and right up there with Avengers.

    • Han was like the Agent Coulson for Fast and Furious. He was the one character that tie all of the movies together to complete the story arc. Now that Han’s dead, Satham’s character (Owen Shaw) is going to play that role.

  9. WE NEED MORE ACTORS!

    NOT ENOUGH ACTORS

    MORE

    MORE

  10. These next two movies are going to destroy. It’s going to be awesome to see them.

  11. Somebody please this brother in a Black Panther movie.

  12. was this home boy in lost ?

    • no, u’r thinking of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

      • oh ye thanks man

    • What about john johnny depp on fast and the furious :)

  13. Don’t get me wrong, I like the “heist” type style the movies have taken on, but there is a big part of me that is missing the underground racing scene that started the franchise. The making of exotic cars, tuning them, and ultimately the racing. It’s what pulled me in originally and now it’s not even a part of the film other than a few cars sprinkled in here and there.

    Anyone else miss the racing/cars too? Maybe I’m alone in this…

  14. Some of the best news I’ve heard all day. Love this guy. “I will see you again, but not yet…not yet”

  15. when Furious 6 ended I thought Statham would be ‘rebooting’ The Transporter series and those two franchises would collide.

  16. There aren’t the words in any language which can aptly put how incredibly sick and tired I am of the stupid F&F movies. Put this to bed already!!!

  17. holy crap!! Hounsou!! hell yes!!

  18. F** YES !!!!!! all they need now is an even better fight choreographer and this will be one bad ass action movie… so long as there are no more superman moments, or flying head butts ;) :P

  19. Its great that they continue to build an all star cast line up i can see dijimon in this film.

    However before working on an 8th installment why not wait to see the success of how the 7th instrument is.

    I understand they have been a success in the past, i want set pre conceived notions so we will just have to wait and see.

  20. Just waiting for Karl Urban to join up with this or Expendables and all will be well

  21. this brother is master of the Never Back Down1………………

  22. Fast 7 will be going to be super duper hit. Indian Actress Deepika Padukone also signed for the film. Waiting for it.

  23. Is the kid from Tokyo Drift in this movie?

  24. A fantastic addition is Djimon Hounsou seen in some fantastic movies as Gladiator, Black Diamond and Never Back Down.He’s in a legion of his own with immense talent and potential as every other crew member of F&f.Glad that Dipika Padukone is in too and last but not the least THE TOKYO DRIFT KID, LUCAS BLACK SHUD BE IN TOO SERIOUSLY. Witout asking the more factor is simly increasing with talents added to the populara n regular roster, Am game to watch and if possible addd my fave muscle boy JOHN ABRAHAM :)

  25. The more I hear about this film the more excited I get.

  26. No doubt saying that Djimon Hounsou is a great actor.I saw his movie “Never Back Down” and i am a huge fan of him.Eagerly waiting for Fast and Furious 7.

  27. Wow there already talking about fast and furious 7, and have not even seen 6. Time for me to play catch up i guess.

  28. aadasda

  29. I like this game….

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