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Statham: I've already raced Walker

Jason Statham has revealed he has been revving up for his role in Fast And Furious 7, by taking on actor Paul Walker on the race track.

The action man, who is set to join the Fast And Furious franchise alongside leading stars Paul and Vin Diesel, has been gearing up for the seventh film, where he plays villain Ian Shaw.

"I've actually been racing with Paul at Willow Springs in LA, so we've sort of chased each other around the track before," he said, teasing: "I'm not going to tell you what we're getting up to in this one."

Jason - who next stars in action drama Hummingbird - revealed he's happy to be a part of the franchise, saying: "They're all a good bunch. I've met many of them in passing on numerous occasions and they seem like a solid little crowd so I'm happy to be a part of that."

The 45-year-old said he initially wanted to work with director Justin Lin, who took the reins on the last four films. James Wan will direct the seventh instalment instead, after Justin decided to pass on the job.

"I met Justin Lin, the director who's responsible for many of the great ones they've done. It didn't work out for Fast 6 but he said we'll do something for the next one, so we always knew it was happening," Jason said.

"I really wanted to work with Justin but he had so much on his plate, and he couldn't put everything together before the start of the shoot date they wanted so I think he needs a well deserved break."

:: Hummingbird opens in cinemas on June 28.

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