Kurt Russell Joins ‘Fast & Furious 7′ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 11th, 2013 at 7:37 am,

Kurt Russell Death Proof 570x311 Kurt Russell Joins Fast & Furious 7 [Updated]

[UPDATE: It's Official. Russell is in!]

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Kurt Russell was among the most popular leading men in Hollywood. The actor has starred in a number of cult classics – such as Stargate, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China – but he’s stayed largely off the big screen in the last several years, with his 2007 role as the maniacal Stuntman Mike in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof as his last major film appearance to date.

However, Russell has been staging something of a comeback recently. He nearly appeared in a supporting role in Tarantino’s Django Unchained and is set to appear in Bone Tomahawk alongside Richard Jenkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Jennifer Carpenter. Now it looks like the longtime action hero may be jumping headfirst into one of the biggest film franchises in the world.

According to Variety, Russell is nearly signed to join the cast of none other than Fast & Furious 7. There are currently no details on the character he would be playing, but the role was reportedly first offered to Denzel Washington, indicating that it’s likely more than just a cameo appearance.

Fast and Furious 6 Cast Kurt Russell Joins Fast & Furious 7 [Updated]

With martial arts superstar Tony Jaa and a brand-new villain joining the new film (as well as Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson reprising their roles), the Fast and Furious franchise is developing into an ensemble cast of action icons in the same vein as the Expendables series. The addition of Russell makes sense then, as his filmography is rife with the same kind of testosterone-driven thrill rides. Ironically, Russell reportedly turned down a role in the original Expendables film.

Regardless, this is certainly a major win for the long-running Fast and Furious series and supports the style new director James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) will bring to the films. The filmmaker is taking over for Justin Lin – who directed the last four Fast and Furious adventures – and previously announced that he views the film as a “gritty 70s revenge thriller.” Fast Five previously reinvigorated the franchise by dropping the focus on street racing and including globe-trotting and heist elements. Therefore, Wan’s decision to bring in new blood while tweaking the tone a bit could go a long way to keeping the series fresh.

Is bringing Russell into Fast & Furious 7 a smart move, or does the new film already sound too crowded? Let us know in the comments section below.


Fast & Furious 7 is set to race into theaters on July 11, 2014.

Source: Variety

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  1. Why couldn’t you have chosen to do Expendables instead, Kurt?

    That’s TWO people that should’ve been in that franchise and got signed up for F&F instead (including Jaa).

    • I am a big Kurt Russell fan. It’s be awesome if he had agreed to be in the Expendables. However, when he was offered a role in the first one, bis agent saud tgat he didnt want to be in an esemble movie. Well, FF is an ensemble movie. i think Kurt made a wrong decision. Still, I am really glad that he is going to be in Fast Seven. It’s a shame that he hasn’t acted much in six years. I like that two of my favorite fellow American actors are going to be in movies next year: Kurt Russell and Michael Keaton.

    • Is he playin vin diesels dad or paul walkers dad ?

      • Well, it’s not confirmed that he’s playing someone’s dad in the movie. Alas, if he is, it’d make much more sense for him to play Paul’s dad since Vin’s character’s dad died during a stock car race when Vin’s character was young.

        • Senior O’Connor a nice ring to it. That would be awesome if he was a former convict

  2. Wow, ok this is pretty cool and kind of unexpected.
    But yeah, he shouldve done Expendables.

  3. do people realizes Fast 5 used the idea for the “Italian Job” sequel which was going to be called the “Brazilian Job”

    • Nope but to be honest, I only saw the first two Fast and Furious movies and that was it for me.

    • Didn’t make the movie any less good. Still haven’t gotten around to Six, but I do plan on it when it hits Blu Ray.

  4. sweet

  5. This news is kind of amazing :)

  6. Maybe Jason Statham’s character is killed by Diesel’s character and then his father played by Russell appears to have revenge for killing his sons and sets the path for FF 8

    Sound good and simple to me. hahahaha.

  7. A Kurt Russel sighting?

    *Best Snake Plissken voice*

    “Your about to get in over your head, Diesel…..”

  8. Kurt Russell for Fast and the Furious 7 a definite. I haven’t seen a good movie from Kurt since death proof, escape from ny, soldier, etc. I hope they get him for Expendables 3 or 4 as well. He needs the Expendables as well to get him back in the game.

    • Miracle is a damn good movie too.

  9. Dream come true.

  10. what i like about FF now is its like a smaller version of expendables. so if you cant get one action star in one, theyll probably be in the other. Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and now Kurt Russel. Oh and Jason Statham. Except for Jason, these are all actors i would like to see team up in an expendables film and FF is the next best thing. Now all they need to do is get Jackie Chan in one or the other.

    • yeah right,its either Jackie Chan or Jet li…:)

    • yeah right,its either Jackie Chan or Jet li.

    • what about paul walker he dosent do that many action moives but what I saw in the 6 one in the jail sence he can do it but if they want a big roll to replace denzel don’t do kurt they should do either will smith smauel L Jackson or sylvastor stylone better yet they need Wesley snipes to play kurts role

  11. Regarding The Expendables, Kurt said this; I’m a reasonable guy. But, I’ve just experienced some very unreasonable things.

  12. …I thought Kurt Russell was dead… Who am I thinking of?

  13. You make all that money with so little work from home, because it’s a scam. Go away.

  14. They were certainly *very* furious if they’ve not chilled out about things by the 7th film.

    They need to chill and let go of their fury.

  15. He is a great actor, and a bit of a maverick in hollywood. I can see him being more interested in a FF movie than the over produced, bloat film Expendables. Beside, maybe him and Stalone (Tango & Cash) don’t get along?

  16. Would be a very cool addition to this franchise if Kurt Russell joins the cast. Hope it happens! Can’t wait for this movie

  17. Would be excellent to see more of him. My dream is to see him do another movie with John Carpenter and to show up in an Expendables movie!

  18. He is a great actor. He’s not greedy and lazy and overrated like Bruce Willis is now. Bruce has kind of lost his edge when he did Die Hard 5. It sucked bad. he mostly phoned in his appearances in films. He was good in Red 2 and ok in Gi joe 2 but they should have cast Kurt Russell instead as general Joe Colton. Bruce should have done Die Hard better I mean it is his franchise. Hope die hard 6 is better and hope they get a Gruber to end the franchise. Get Kurt russell to do this film and the Expendables series as well. I don’t want kurt to be like Bruce Willis is now.

  19. fast & furious 6 was an awesome movie, 7 looks much crowded , i think the addition of jaa and statham is enough , there is no need for other rockstars.

  20. Kurt is a great addition to any movie as far as I am concerned. I thought he should be in the Expendables as well, but I’m sure he’ll be amazing in this too.

  21. Man, this really is a year for big role announcements… and good ones to. looking forward to this, big time!

  22. The hair. You still got it Kurt.

  23. I am in the middle point with this. I mean I do agree with all the people on here that he is a very good actor indeed. He has done a shitload of action films that have all been good if not brilliant. The only thing that im conflicted about is the role. Like some people on here, I question what his role will be. There has been a few good ideas such as brian’s dad. Ex convict. Maybe even the dadof the shaw brothes. But I have a strong feeling that he is going to be O Connor’s dad. I have no idea why but i have somewhat of a gut feeling on this one. I mean if his character was older then I thing that brian would be a resemblance. Another reason as to why I think that he might play the role of his father is that fact that in fast 5, Brian stated that he never knew his father (in his own words). I could be completely wrong about this as it is still only a guess lol. What do u think peeps ?

    • If “the role was reportedly first offered to Denzel Washington”, why would Kurt be playing Paul Walker’s father?

      • Maybe Walker’s mom had jungle fever?

  24. instead of kurt russel playing in it they need to have Wesley snipes play in it or will smith

  25. Or they could just dig up Paul Walker.