Fans of the rapidly expanding Fast & Furious franchise were initially elated to learn that action movie legend and all around awesome guy Kurt Russell was going to be the latest name to join the series’ ensemble come Fast & Furious 7. But somewhere around the time when Djimon Hounsou also got cast in the movie, conflicting reports started to float around as to whether or not he was actually going to be able to appear. Some thought he would just have a small cameo in 7, some thought he wouldn’t show up until 8, and there was even a fear he wouldn’t end up being involved in the franchise at all.
As you can see from the picture above though—which Vin Diesel posted on his Facebook page along with the caption, “Kurt Russell, such an honor to work with… P.s. One from set…”—Kurt Russell is indeed on the set of director James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, and he will indeed be sharing scenes with franchise stars Diesel and Paul Walker. So it’s not likely anyone is going to stop gushing about these movies anytime soon.
Now that Russell is confirmed to be in the film, do we know what sort of role he’s going to be playing? By all accounts he’s set up to be a villain in the series, who will likely only be introduced in Fast & Furious 7 and then go on to take a more featured role in Fast & Furious 8. A bit more information was once provided by a fan made Twitter account that’s been following the movie’s production pretty closely though. Back on September 11, @FF7Movie tweeted:
Those who have the long memories it weirdly requires to follow the Fast & Furious franchise will recall that Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the tech guy from the first film, who got killed while being part of Toretto’s (Diesel) crew. Is it possible that Russell will be playing dear old dad, who blames Toretto so much for his son’s death that he would hire a guy who looks a lot like Jason Statham to go kill him and all of his “family?” Yeah, that seems pretty possible. Let’s see how Diesel and Walker are going to race their ways out of this one.