Statham was revealed to be the popular franchise’s next bad guy at the end of “Fast & Furious 6”
Unless there is another major villain that we don’t know about in “Fast & Furious 7,” it looks like newcomer Jason Statham is driving a black Aston Martin when he’s chasing down Dominic Toretto’s gang next summer.
Director James Wan, who had a stellar summer after directing horror hits “The Conjuring” and “Insidious: Chapter 2,” tweeted a picture of himself in front of a “hot set of wheels” that belong to his “villain.”
Statham is set to play Ian Shaw, the pissed-off brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who is out for revenge after the events of “Fast & Furious 6.” (Or “Furious 6.” Or was it “Fast 6”? Or does it even matter, as long as one of the two F-words are present?)
Since the last installment of the 12-year-old action franchise made a record amount of cash for Universal last spring, the studio is rushing the seventh movie out on July 11.
Vin Diesel will be back, along with Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and “Tokyo Drift” leading man Lucas Black. Kurt Russell and Djimon Hounsou also have roles.