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The Fast and Furious franchise hasn't quite become the smorgasbord of tough guys that the Expendables has been, though it's been getting closer. Adding in The Rock for Fast Five, and now bringing him back plus Michelle Rodriguez (from the grave!) the cast is getting pretty crowded with people who can drive fast cars and glare at each other. Is there room for a scowling bald badass to compete with The Rock and Vin Diesel?
We'd heard rumors way back in 2011 that Jason Statham could make an appearance in Fast and the Furious 6, though at the time they were saying that they'd shoot two sequels back to back-- which never happened-- and that Justin Lin had to leave the franchise (he directed Fast 6). But the Statham idea seems to have a long life, as Ain't It Cool is hearing that Statham may have a role in Fast 6 after all… and one that leads directly into the plot of the seventh film.
These details could be considered spoilers, especially if they turn out true, so feel free to turn back now.
Ready? So from what they're hearing, there's a scene added to the very end of the movie of a car chase scene in Japan, at the end of which one of the mysterious drivers is revealed to be Jason Statham, brother to the bad guy Luke Evans is playing in Fast 6. Not only that, but the scene actually takes place during Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the sequel that was actually set at some point after all these films are happening. So sometime between the plots of Fast 6 and Fast 7, the events of Tokyo Drift would fit in the timeline, and then Fast 7 would kick off with Statham as the bad guy, hunting down the gang to get revenge for his brother's death.
A brotherly revenge plot is pretty weak motivation considering some of the other nonsense that has driven the Fast films, but with Statham behind it, we could absolutely buy it. Now I just want to know if he'll fight both Vin Diesel and The Rock separately, or both at once? Will he get any good lines or will that overshadow the good guys too much? Will he sweat as much as The Rock did last time? Will he become the good guy for the eighth one and join the gang? It's almost too excitement to handle. We might just need to pretend we don't know this is happening so we don't explode before the movie finally comes out.