Nowadays it’s unusual when a superhero movie doesn’t feature a big-name cast, be it a film made by Marvel Studios or Warner Bros./DC. It’s fitting, then, that the Fast and the Furious franchise – which, for all intents and purposes, is a superhero film property at this stage – has managed to attract A-list acting talent with its recent installments.

Furious 7, which opens in theaters in less than a month, keeps that practice going by boasting perhaps the most bankable supporting ensemble for a Furious movie thus far (watch the featurette above, for case in point). That’s in addition to the series’ core cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, and the late Paul Walker in his final onscreen appearance.

To reiterate the information relayed in the latest Furious 7 featurette, the new cast additions include:

  • Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw: Furious 6 villain Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) ex-special forces brother, who was responsible for Han’s death (Sung Kang) in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
  • Real-life MMA expert Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3) as Kara, a dangerous baddie who crosses paths with our heroes – Letty (Rodriguez), to be exact.
  • Kurt Russell as Petty, a man who helps Dom (Diesel) and his crew take down Owen Shaw’s “big, bad brother,” though he may have some secrets of his own…
  • Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) as Ramsey, a brilliant hacker/computer expert who has valuable information for Dom and his team.
  • Tony Jaa (the Ong-bak trilogy) as Louie Tran, a combat expert and one of the deadlier henchmen who’s on the bad guys’ side here.
  • Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Jakande, another shady fellow who has his own (nefarious) plans that require Ramsey’s tech know-how.

furious 7 vin diesel ronda rousey Furious 7 Featurette: Meet the New Players

It’s worth mentioning that Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black is reprising his Tokyo Drift role (as street-racer Sean Boswell) in Furious 7, though he has been largely absent from the trailers for the movie – suggesting he will not have a huge role to play here. That might change in the future, though, as Black is reportedly already contracted to appear in Furious 8 and (possibly) beyond. How he fits into the plot here, though, will be revealed in time.

The first wave of Furious 7 reviews (from its premiere at the 2015 SXSW festival) indicates that screenwriter Chris Morgan’s story/dialogue for Furious 7 is very pulpy and B-movie standard. So… it’s exactly what fans have come to expect – and love, really – from this series, in other words. Indeed, the early buzz is that director James Wan’s Furious movie not only manages to be just as entertaining as its predecessors; at the same time, it provides a heartfelt farewell to Walker.

In short: the future’s still looking quite bright for the Fast and the Furious brand.

Furious 7 opens in U.S. theaters on April 3rd, 2015.

Source: Universal Pictures

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